3 Dangers of ADHD

The dangers of ADHD and risk-taking behaviors

Author: Diane Dean, RN, LPC

Whether it’s trouble with focusing, fidgeting constantly or chronic impatience, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a serious disorder that can make everyday life most challenging. While having ants in your pants won’t put anyone in danger, there can be serious consequences of ADHD, especially if it goes untreated. The diagnosis rate of ADHD has continued to rise over the years. While no one theory tells why, the implications remain clear. Undiagnosed ADHD can manifest itself in some surprising ways, which could possibly place both the child (and adult) and his or her peers in unsafe situations. Read on to learn more about the dangers of ADHD, and how to manage those symptoms.

Car Troubles

Have you seen flashing police lights in your rearview mirror more than once or twice? It could be a sign that you drive a flashy convertible, or it could signify a larger problem. Studies have shown that individuals with ADHD receive more speeding tickets and traffic violations. They are also at a higher risk for car accidents than those without ADHD. Fortunately, it has been shown that effective treatment can improve driving safety. Ginkgo biloba extracts have been shown in medical studies to relieve ADHD symptoms related to attentiveness. Although the smell of the fruit of the gingko tree is notoriously putrid, the extract is odorless and may improve concentration and hyperactivity.

Risky Business

Individuals with untreated ADHD often don’t consider consequences, and thus they are more likely to engage in risk-taking behavior. While this may explain a pile of speeding tickets, this trend can be harmful in other areas of life. ADHD tends to make repetitive tasks seem endlessly boring, so those with ADHD tend to seek out stimulating activities. While some just become ‘adrenaline junkies’ through participation in activities like skydiving and rock climbing, others develop alcoholism or other addictions and have run-ins with the law. Treating ADHD can help individuals focus on regular, ‘low-adrenaline’ tasks without the urge to push the envelope. Gotu kola, a traditional Asian herb used for centuries and available in many natural supplements, is known to increase attention span, thus curbing these potentially dangerous impulses.

Feeling Blue

The aforementioned symptoms of ADHD can often impede on normal social functioning and make life quite difficult. As a result, depression may often accompany ADHD. These symptoms challenge and potentially reduce the quality of life, and so optimism remains challenging for those with ADHD to find. Although addressing the ADHD may also subdue the depression, it may not be that simple. Treating both conditions - with counseling in addition to biological remedies - remains, perhaps, the most effective strategy.

ADHD is a manageable disorder. If you think you may exhibit some of the above symptoms, make an appointment with your mental health care professional to talk about possibilities for treatment. If you are not comfortable with pharmaceutical medicine, keep in mind that there are plenty of natural, herbal remedies that may indeed do the trick.

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