TUESDAY, May 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research indicates that children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may be more likely to be part of families that are affected by poverty, divorce, neighborhood violence and substance abuse.
"Our findings suggest that children with ADHD experience significantly higher rates of trauma than those without ADHD," study author Dr. Nicole Brown said in a news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics. "Providers may focus on ADHD as the primary diagnosis and overlook the possible presence of a trauma history, which may impact treatment."
The researchers analyzed the answers of parents of 65,680 children aged 6-17 who responded to a 2011 survey. About 12 percent of the kids had been diagnosed with ADHD, and their parents reported higher rates of various problems than the parents of kids without ADHD did.