People with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are 50% more likely to be in a serious traffic accident, but medication may counteract that risk for some, according to lead author Zheng Chang’s new study in JAMA Psychiatry, online January 29, 2014. Overall, the researchers said that between 41 percent and 49 percent of accidents among men with ADHD may have been prevented if they were on medication
According to Dr. Harold Levinson, this important study proves what all clinicians know. Impaired concentration and distractibility may impair all functions and are improved by helpful meds.
About Harold Levinson, M.D.
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author.
SOURCE: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/29/us-adhd-traffic-accidents-idUSBREA0S20O20140129, JAMA Psychiatry, online January 29, 2014.
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