August 3, 2017
Children with ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder, and depression were significantly more likely to develop subsequent substance-related disorders, according to recent findings.
“We know that ADHD in childhood increases the risk for later substance-related disorders, but until now, no systematic evaluation of other childhood psychiatric disorders had been conducted,” Annabeth P. Groenman, PhD, of University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands, said in a press release. “Our findings show that not only ADHD increased the risk of addictions, but that other childhood psychiatric disorders also increased risk. This indicates the importance of early detection of mental health problems in a wider group. Addiction is a major cause of immense personal, familial, and societal burden, and prevention is therefore an important goal.”