ADHD and Criminal Behavior May Be Linked

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is known to raise risk of behavioral problems such as antisocial behavior, substance abuse, and problems with criminal rehabilitation. Why or how this connection between ADHD and criminal behavior occurs is not clear, nor does it mean that every person who has ADHD is likely to turn to criminal activity; however if left untreated, problems could stem from ADHD, say experts.

According to Susan Smalley, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, and director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center, the key to reducing this possible negative impact of ADHD on a person could be early intervention, as a child.

What is important is that an accurate diagnosis of the condition be made to begin with, and then treating it appropriately.

The “Strength based” approach is recommended for those who have ADHD – building on the child’s strengths, the challenging aspects of the conditions can be tackled effectively.

It is important that intervention programs and evaluations be used to steer those who are more susceptible, away from the path of crime.

According to Jason Fletcher, an assistant professor of public health at the Yale University School of Public Health, “Treatments can be very effective if they are followed as prescribed and augmented with parental supervision and support.”


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