There really is no cure for ADHD. Most children with this condition continue with its symptoms into adulthood. 80% of the children who require medication for ADHD will need them as teenagers. Over 50% need medication as adults.
If left untreated, ADHD can gravely interfere with the social and educational performance of an individual and may impair the individual's self-esteem. They may be looked down on as trouble makers or slow learners at school and invariably be treated as out casts. Most of them have failed relationships with colleagues or peers. They may have strained relationship with parents and siblings too.
25% of ADHD children with conduct disorder problem develop antisocial personality disorder and become victims of substance abuse, criminal behavior. Being prone to depression and anxiety, they have suicidal tendencies too.
It is therefore imperative that these individuals get medical attention as early as possible. The recommended therapies and medications will help affected individuals to come to terms with their condition and help to cope with their situation, in the long run. Many with ADHD are naturally talented and will go on to become successful artists, businessmen, public speakers, inventors or sportsmen. They excel in occupations that require a high level of energy, provides independence and allows freedom of expression. Some individuals, however, require a quieter scenario.
Timely diagnosis, appropriate medications and supportive therapies along with a empathetic enviornment will help individuals with ADHD lead fulfilling lives.