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What happens when ADD goes untreated?

Many people with attention deficit disorder (ADD) are very intelligent, creative, spontaneous, fun and successful. However, on the flip side, untreated ADD can have alarming consequences and is associated with higher incidences of:
  • Academic problems
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Job failure
  • Incarceration
  • Obesity
  • Divorce
  • Alzheimer’s disease
Furthermore, 33% of kids with ADD never finish high school (three times the national average), so they end up in jobs that don’t pay well. According to one study, 52% of people with untreated ADD abuse drugs or alcohol. 
Left untreated, ADD can be extremely problematic for those who suffer from it; it needs to be properly diagnosed and treated. Watch psychiatrist Daniel Amen, MD, explain the unfortunate consequences and side effects of leaving ADD untreated.

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