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The Lifelong Risks of Untreated ADHD

Written by Nancy

ADHD is a neurological disease that causes a difficulty in the individual’s ability to focus, concentrate, manage his emotions and control impulses. Over 9.4% of children aged 2–17 in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD, and over half of these will carry their symptoms well into adulthood. Since many cases of ADHD go undiagnosed, many adults with ADHD go untreated, which can cause trouble in everything from relationships to career.

Here we talk about the lifelong risks untreated ADHD can cause:

Eating Habits Are Disrupted

A study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders in 2015 found that children—and subsequently adults—with ADHD are twelve times more likely to have loss of control eating syndrome (LOC-ES) than those without the disorder. Because of an inability to control impulses, children with ADHD are more likely to binge eat.

Academic Achievement Is Impacted

Because of a lack of ability to focus, people with ADHD tend to perform poorly in school. Though these people are often of average or above average intelligence, when the disorder is left untreated, they often miss deadlines, have difficulty following steps because they get distracted or may not be able to pay undivided attention in class. Adults with diagnosed ADHD were significantly less likely to have a high school or college degree.

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Job Performance Is Affected

Individuals with untreated ADHD earn $8,900 to $15,400 less per year as compared to non-ADHD individuals. Similarly, people with ADHD are also more likely to switch jobs regularly, never being able to stay in one place for very long. They were also less likely to be employed, owing very largely to their inability to focus or concentrate on tasks, meet deadlines and follow instructions.

Relationships Go Downhill

On the other spectrum of an inability to focus lies hyperfocus. Hyperfocus refers to situations where the individual gets so intensely focused on the task at hand that they tend to forget their surroundings, can’t hear people talking to them or calling them. They may even forget about their basic needs. This can cause the partner to mistakenly believe their partner is ignoring them, leading to misunderstandings.

People with ADHD are also less likely to remember important dates and events and may find themselves forgetting appointments, dates or prior arranged meet ups. Adults with ADHD are twice as likely to get divorced or separated if their condition is left untreated.

Early Treatment Is Best

Because symptoms of ADHD tend to start appearing in childhood, starting work on your child’s ADHD as soon as possible might help reduce symptoms and help him avoid all of the above problems.

If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD or is showing symptoms, The Concentrainer Headband may be able to help him focus! An alternative, non-pharmaceutical ADHD treatment method, the headband and its supporting app helps improve focus, attention and cognitive thinking skills and may even calm your child down in moments of stress.

Backed by over 20+ years of clinical research, just 10–20 minutes of mental exercise twice a week with The Concentrainer headband and app can increase blood flow to the brain, helping increase productivity. Buy your own today!

About the author



I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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