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Adulthood Childhood Injuries Underemployed/ Low income Legal difficulties Academic underachievement ADHD Motor vehicle accidents Relationships Low self esteem Smoking/ Substance abuse Adolescence Source: Teach ADHD, “Myths and Facts about ADHD,” no date. ca. , found that 52 percent of those with ADHD are currently employed, versus 72 percent of those without the disorder. • In 2008 Joseph Biederman et al. reported the results of a study of 112 young men with ADHD who were assessed 10 years after their initial diagnosis.

While people with ADHD might not have the same strengths as the majority of the population, they have different strengths, he insists. Blake Taylor is one person who has embraced the differences that come with ADHD. He spent much of his childhood trying to reduce his ADHD symptoms with medication, but he later came to believe that his condition actually gives him strengths that other people do not have. At 18 he became a best-selling author of a memoir/self-help book about living with ADHD. However, critics insist that ADHD usually has an overall harmful impact and point out that people with ADHD are usually far more likely to experience difficulties in life than those without the disorder.

Those differences [that come with ADHD] can . . be seen as a gift. . These gifts should be appreciated and developed. How Does ADHD Affect a Person’s Life? “ —E. ” ” —Lara Honos-Webb, “Interview with Dr. ” A DHD certainly has an impact on the life of an individual and on those with whom he or she interacts. While some people argue that ADHD can be beneficial, the majority of people believe that the disorder has a negative impact on society. Whether the impact is negative or positive, ADHD does have a substantial impact on school, work, home, and social settings.

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