Correlation between brain injury and ADHD possible
New Jersey parents may be interested in a new study that suggests a correlation between attention deficit hyperactivity syndrome and traumatic brain injury. The study, done in Canada, shows that many individuals who suffered trauma to the brain had ADHD.
In 2010, over two million individuals suffered traumatic brain injuries . The prevalence of TBIs has increased, and a leading health authority reported that in 2020 TBIs will have become a leading cause of disability. Additionally, the incidence of ADHD has grown to include 6.4 million children between the ages of 4 and 17 in 2011.
The growing numbers of both TBI cases and those with ADHD may indicate a link. This assumption is supplemented by the fact that TBIs often causes ADHD-like clinical symptoms including attention and memory deficits as well as difficulties with planning and organizing. To determine a causative effect, researchers reviewed a survey using 3,993 individuals and found that 5.9 percent who experienced TBIs had also been given a diagnosis of ADHD. Using self-reporting parameters, another 6.6 percent screened as possible ADHD sufferers.
While a correlation was seen between TBI and ADHD in this study, it is unclear whether ADHD made it more likely to suffer a head injury or if the head injury caused ADHD. Experts in the field believe the association requires further study. Since ADHD might result in difficulties with keeping a job or encountering learning disabilities, TBI at a young age might have future serious ramifications.
People who have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of another will often face high medical bills and other financial hardships. A personal injury attorney might be of assistance to a victim in seeking damages from the responsible party.