Many ADHD-Doubters Still Exist

ADHD Can Last a Lifetime

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4. ADHD Can Last a Lifetime

ADHD does not magically disappear on someone’s 18th birthday. Whether you are eight or 88, you can have ADHD. Part of the criteria for being diagnosed with ADHD is that someone must have had symptoms before their 12th birthday, but symptoms can last throughout adulthood.

This is an important distinction because if ADHD symptoms present for the first time later in life, something else is the culprit. ADHD symptoms do decline for some people as an adult when the demands of life change and coping skills improve. Others are not as fortunate. Some reports claim that up to 70% of children diagnosed with ADHD will have symptoms into adulthood.

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