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Does attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) go away with time?

The symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often persist for life. This means that 1% to 2% of adults in the United States struggle with ADHD, but ADHD does go away with time for some people. If your child has mild ADHD symptoms that respond well to medications and behavioral treatment, he may be more likely to outgrow the disorder than others. About one in three children with ADHD will outgrow the disorder completely.
Dr. Diana K. Blythe, MD
Pediatrician
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) does not go away with time and the effects can get worse. A project not finished during the school years, may result in a failing grade, but as an adult may result in a lost job. However, people can learn to modify their lives in ways that minimize the effects of ADHD. Lifestyle modification can be done both with and without medication, so talk to your doctor about the right choice for you.

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