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ADHD & Girls

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A new study suggests that girls diagnosed with ADHD are more likely to attempt suicide, as young women.

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley recruited 228 girls ranging in age from 6 to 12 and follow them for up to 10 years.

The study revealed that 22 percent of the girls with ADHD-combined attempted suicide at least once in the 10 years after they were diagnosed, while 8 percent of the girls with ADHD-inattentive and 6 percent of the girls who did not have ADHD did the same.

They also found these girls, particularly those with early signs of impulsivity, were two to three times more likely to hurt themselves later in life, compared to girls without the disorder.

They noted that these girls also were more likely to continue to have symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and make much greater use of psychological services.

Although the research found an association between ADHD and increased suicide risk, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

The study was published online in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.