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Meta-Analysis: Childhood ADHD Increases Risk for Developing Psychotic Disorders

March 2, 2021Childhood ADHD is linked to a higher risk for developing psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published in JAMA Psychiatry.1The meta-analysis included 12 studies with 1.8 million participants including people diagnosed with ADHD before the age of 18, as well as a control group and a group without any psychiatric diagnosis.

Researchers excluded studies involving individuals with bipolar disorder and major depression with psychotic symptoms.This meta-analysis revealed that a diagnosis of ADHD in childhood was linked to a significant increase in the risk for subsequent psychotic disorders with a pooled relative effect of 4.74.

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