According to a new study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, there may be a link between brain injuries and ADHD. One of the researchers involved in the study said that adults who have suffered a TBI are twice as likely to have ADHD compared to adults who are healthy. However, adults may not be tested for the disorder because it typically starts in childhood.
Throughout 2011 and 2012, 3,993 adults were interviewed by telephone, and 5.9 percent of respondents with a TBI said that they had been diagnosed with ADHD as a child. Another 6.6 percent of adults were also found to have the condition, which causes people to have issues with concentration and impulse control. Currently, researchers are unsure whether TBI causes changes in the brain that leads to ADHD or if having ADHD makes it more likely that an individual suffers from a head injury.
According to the World Health Organization , TBI could become the third-largest cause of disease and disability by 2020. It would rank only behind heart disease and depression. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that there were 2.5 million incidents of TBI in 2010 that occurred on their own or as a symptom of another injury.
Those who suffer a brain injury that was caused by the negligence of another, such as in a motor vehicle accident, will often require lengthy and expensive therapy, and in some cases they are unable to return to work, making their financial circumstances even more dire. Those who are in this position may want to discuss with a personal injury attorney the best method of pursuing compensation for the damages that have been sustained.