There is a wide range of health problems associated with ADD. In some circumstances, the underlying neurological differences that accompany ADD may predispose patients to other related health problems. In other circumstances, ADD seems to be genetically linked to certain other medical problems.
In addition, longitudinal studies in the medical literature along with clinical experience support the fact that failure to properly identify, diagnose, and treat this physically based problem at the earliest possible age, places patients with ADD at a significantly greater risk for other serious health problems.
Some of these health problems are a consequence of unhealthy living patterns and behaviors that can result from ADD, some are related to the chronic stress frequently associated with ADD and unhealthy attempts to cope with it, and some are related to the consequences of the chronic failure associated with ADD.
Health problems, which seem to be associated with ADD through one or more of these mechanisms, include the following:
- Drug Addiction
- Eating Disorders – Compulsive Over-Eating/Obesity
- Anorexia/Bulemia Nervosa
- Sleep Disorders
- Chronic Constipation
- Irritable Colon and Related Bowel Problems
- Recurrent Otitis Media
- Recurrent Infections
- Allergies/Immunological Disorders
- Accidents – Ingestions/Automobile, etc.
- Child/Spousal Abuse
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Unplanned Pregnancy
- Recurrent Headaches
- Recurrent Abdominal Pain
- Chronic Back Pain
- Premenstrual Syndrome
- Poor Treatment Compliance
At the time of initial presentation, ADD may not clearly seem to be a health problem. However, the relatively minor behavior or learning problems, which may be the first sign of ADD in childhood, may actually be the “red flag” that signals a problem (i.e., ADD) which could ultimately contribute to a variety of serious health problems in children or adults with ADD.
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Our current blog series is excerpted from Dr. Liden’s best-selling book, Pay Attention!: Answers to Common Questions About the Diagnosis and Treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder.