Published On: Fri, Jul 22nd, 2016

ADHD have more odds of suicidal thoughts in women

Young boy holds ADHD text written on sheet of paper

Young boy holds ADHD text written on sheet of paper

A new research study has stated that women with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have more than four times the probability of suicidal thoughts and generalized anxiety disorders.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. Inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity are the key behaviors of ADHD. Some people with ADHD only have problems with one of the behaviors, while others have both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity. Most children have the combined type of ADHD. In preschool, the most common ADHD symptom is hyperactivity.

Esme Fuller-Thomson from the University of Toronto has stated that “Many people think of ADHD as primarily a boys’ disorder which has little relevance for girls and women. Our findings suggest, to the contrary, that a large portion of women with ADHD are struggling with mental illness, physical health concerns, and poverty,”

The investigators further evaluated a representative sample of 3,908 Canadian women who were the age of 20 to 39 of whom 107 accounted that they had been identified with ADHD.

Statistics were derived from the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey-Mental Health.

Fuller-Thomson further continued that “The occurrence of mental illness amid women with ADHD was distressingly elevated with 46 percent having gravely considered suicide, 36 percent having widespread anxiety disorder, 31 percent having immense depressive disorder and 39 percent having substance abuse problems at some point in their life,”

Fuller-Thomson added by saying that “These rates are much higher than among women without ADHD, ranging from more than four times the odds of suicidal thoughts and generalized anxiety disorders to more than twice the odds of major depressive disorder and substance abuse”

The results were presented online in the journal Child: Care, Health, and Development.

The investigators, in addition, discovered that frequency of physical pain and insomnia was much widespread in women with ADHD.

Fuller-Thomson further recommended that “Unluckily, our research study does not supply insight into why women with ADHD are much susceptible. It can happen that some of the mental health problems may be caused by and/or contributing to financial stress”

Fuller-Thomson clarified by saying that “The research study as well discovered, one in three of the women with ADHD reported they had intricacy meeting basic expenses for example food, shelter, and clothing due to their inadequate household income. For women without ADHD, only 13 percent had this shortfall,”


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- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.