An association between ADHD and traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been found in a study reported in the Journal of Psychiatric research.
This study is very interesting, although not surprising given some of the symptoms of traumatic brain injury (depending on where the trauma was in the brain) are very similar to ADHD symptoms.
Previous research also shows that when questioned about TBI, those with ADHD usually have experienced a TBI in childhood.
Although there is a catch – if a child exhibits ADHD then they are more likely to participate in reckless behavior causing a TBI - so there is a chicken and egg question hanging over this.
This is not the only cause of ADHD, of course, but it could be suggested that screening for ADHD should be routinely conducted in patients presenting with a TBI.
Highlights •This study examined the relationship between brain injury and adult attention deficit disorder. •Results indicate that among brain injured adults a significant proportion have a history of ADHD. •Among brain injured adults a significant proportion of them screen positive for ADHD. •Improved screening for ADHD are needed for adults with a history of brain injuries.