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  How ADHD can impact a child’s future

Narrator:    This is Science Today. Understanding how the brain functions in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is an important step for future treatment and intervention strategies. Blythe Corbett, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of California, Davis, says that's because many children with ADHD are profoundly impacted by the disorder in adulthood.

Corbett:    They have a much higher rate of divorce. They have a much higher rate of car accidents, of having difficulty getting jobs and keeping jobs; and the percentage of individuals going to college and graduating from college who have ADHD, despite being very smart people, is considerably lower than the general population. And so it does have a lifelong impact on many individuals, but we also know on the positive side that if we intervene early, we give them the appropriate supports, that they clearly can excel and do quite well actually in their lives.

Narrator:    For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.