ADHD Diagnosis Leads to Worse Quality of Life, Increased Self-Harm in Kids

When comparing kids with the same symptoms who were either diagnosed with ADHD or not, those who received the diagnosis had worse outcomes.

This report by Peter Simmons has been published by Mad in America. It begins:

“In a new study, kids who received an ADHD diagnosis were compared with kids who had the same symptoms but who did not receive a diagnosis. Those who received a diagnosis had worse outcomes on five quality-of-life (QOL) measures and were more likely to engage in self-harm.

The researchers write, ‘These findings suggest that childhood ADHD diagnosis may not result in any improvements in quality of life measures in adolescents and may negatively impact some outcomes, such as the risk of self-harm.’

The study was led by Luise Kazda at the University of Sydney, Australia, and published in JAMA Network Open.

‘Our study expands the current knowledge that children with ADHD often experience reduced QOL by showing that at least some of this is associated with the diagnosis itself,” the researchers write.’

The data came from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, which surveys a representative sample of the Australian population. None of the participants had an ADHD diagnosis at the beginning of the study. The study began when the kids were 6 or 7 years old, and the final data points came when they were 14 or 15.

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