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Study Finds Association Between TBI and ADHD

According to a new study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, researchers have found a "significant association" between adults who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) with those who also have attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). This study reveals that 5.9 percent of adults with a history of TBI have also been diagnosed with ADHD. Another 6.6 percent who suffered TBI screened positive for ADHD. Dr. Gabriela Ilie, lead author of the study, stated, "This is not be surprising because some of the most persistent consequences of TBI include ADHD-like symptoms such as memory and attention impairment, deficits in executive functions such as planning and organization, processing consonants and vowels and impulsive behavior."

Similar studies have shown that TBI may lead to psycho-neurological changes which facilitate ADHD or ADHD. They also reveal that those who suffer TBI and develop ADHD may have an increased chance of suffering another accident that will result in another TBI. Dr. Ilie concludes, "It may be useful to assess TBI history during screening and assessment of ADHD in the adult population."

Dr. Robert Mann, a senior scientist at CAMH and co-principal investigator, stated that this new study extends the previous findings from the research team about the association between TBI and mental health and addiction issues. He states, "These new data suggest a significant association between ADHD and TBI…We see that adults with TBI are more than twice as likely as those without to report symptoms of ADHD."

How a TBI Can Affect You

It is estimated by The World Health Organization that by 2020 TBI will become the third largest contributor of disease and disability in the world. Those who suffer a TBI could experience many different symptoms including headaches, memory loss, issues with concentration, anger issues and more. In many cases, TBI symptoms are not immediately present, making TBIs harder to diagnose and treat.

If you have suffered a TBI due to another person’s negligence, you may have grounds to seek compensation. When someone is injured in a traffic crash, a slip and fall or other accident that was not his or her fault, the law allows the victims to seek compensation from the at-fault party. The team at Bernstein & Maryanoff in Miami can help you determine if you have grounds for a personal injury suit and represent you throughout the entire process.

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