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SUD Risk Is Elevated by ADHD

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The ADHD brain exhibits a need for extraordinary stimulation, which heightens the risk for alcohol and substance misuse, especially among people with untreated ADHD.1 Substance use disorder is among the most problematic co-occurring conditions for people with ADHD.

Some researchers speculate that up to a quarter of people with addiction issues have undiagnosed ADHD.2Substance use disorder (SUD) usually begins in adolescence or early adulthood.

The overlap between ADHD and SUD, as well as other co-existing conditions (such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder), is relevant to clinical practice.

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