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What is the prognosis for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Diana K. Blythe, MD
Pediatrics
The prognosis for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) depends on the person. People with ADHD can lead extremely productive lives if they treat their condition appropriately. Sometimes this treatment is therapy, sometimes medication. Talk to your doctor about which symptoms of ADHD are most bothersome to you, so you get the right treatment for you.

Many of the character traits in ADHD can bring success or failure. For instance, there is a higher rate of ADHD in prisons. Impulsiveness and hyperactivity can make it hard to stay with a career but can also provide the drive to look for new ways to accomplish things. Many successful sales people and company presidents have ADHD.

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
There is no "cure" for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Children with this disorder seldom outgrow it; however, some may find adaptive ways to accommodate it as they mature.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

The condition cannot be cured, but, with proper treatment, most children have good outcomes during childhood and as adults.

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