ADHD more important predictor of anxiety, depression than autism: Study
London, Scientists have found that ADHD is more predictive of poor mental health outcomes in adults than other neurodevelopmental conditions, like autism.
The study, led by psychologists at the University of Bath, UK, is the first to show that adults with high levels of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms are more likely to experience anxiety and depression than adults with high levels of autistic traits, it said.
Until now, there has been a dearth of information on the effects of ADHD on poor mental health, with far more research focusing on the impact of autism on depression, anxiety and quality of life. As a result, people with ADHD have often struggled to access the clinical care they need to cope with their symptoms, the study said.