ADHD increases death risk significantly – New study in The Lancet

A new study published in The Lancet showed that “ADHD was associated with significantly increased mortality rates”. The study used 1.92 million individuals of the Danish national registers and included 32 061 ADHD sufferers.

People diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood had a higher MRR than did those diagnosed in childhood and adolescence”. Moreover females have a higher mortality risk than male. “The excess mortality in ADHD was mainly driven by deaths from unnatural causes, especially accidents.”

The all-cause mortality rate (per 10,000 person-years) shows that ADHD doubles the risk of early death:

• 5.85 individuals with ADHD

• 2.21 individuals without ADHD

The study showed that early identification and treatment especially in the female population is vital in cases of ADHD.

Study in the Lancet