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Can a Traumatic Brain Injury Cause ADHD?

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Can a Traumatic Brain Injury Cause ADHD?

A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is defined by the Mayo Clinic as a brain injury that results from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. It can also be caused by an object that penetrates brain tissue. Many symptoms can result from a TBI.  One symptom category is Cognitive and Mental.  This category includes memory or concentration problems, mood changes or mood swings, and feeling depressed or anxious.

Recently an article published in The Hornet Newspaper cites a study that links ADHD as one of the mental conditions that can occur after a TBI. The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, found that ADHD became present in children and adolescents five to ten years after a TBI. The study looked at 187 children with severe TBI as well as lower levels of maternal education level.  They found these individuals had an increased risk of ADHD. They found that ADHD could present as late as six years after the injury occurred. The study showed that 62% of children who had TBI in the past were likely to have ADHD compared to 15% of the non-TBI portion. 

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