Physical abuse linked to ADD/ADHD
Roughly 30% of adults with ADHD were physically abused as children. Investigators from the University of Toronto in Canada found that the likelihood of ADD/ADHD was about 7 times higher in those who reported a history of physical abuse before age 18 years. As a result, it is important to screen all with ADHD for abuse. The study was published online March 3 in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma by Dr. Fuller-Thomson and colleagues.
According to Dr. Harold Levinson
It is difficult from this important study to know the relationship between the causes and/or effects. In fact, commenting on the study for Medscape Medical News, Julian D. Ford suggests that childhood abuse may play a role in shaping the oppositional-defiant aggressive symptoms of ADHD rather than the disorder itself.
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 Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author.
Source: J Aggress Maltreat Trauma. 2014;23:188-198. Abstract, Megan Brooks March 13, 2014