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Serious injury to the brain has relationship with ADHD

Brain injuries can transform a person's life in a negative way in New Mexico, resulting in various physical and cognitive problems. For example, people with serious injury to the brain may suffer vision or hearing loss and have problems concentrating. New research shows that individuals with brain injury are also much more likely to receive a diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

According to research, ADHD and brain injuries, particularly those experienced as a child, appear to have a relationship. In fact, most of the continuous consequences of brain injuries include symptoms that mirror ADHD such as poor executive skills and impairment in attention and memory. Other problematic symptoms include issues associated with speech articulation.

People with brain injuries might also have trouble decoding prosody, or intonation in a language. Impulsiveness and negative mood are further linked to injuries to the brain. The recent research involved more than 3,900 adults, and researchers defined brain injury sufferers as those who had suffered head trauma that caused them to lose consciousness for a minimum of five minutes or required them to be hospitalized overnight. The link between brain injury and ADHD appeared to occur among nearly all categories of education and gender among the research participants.

Brain injuries can prevent a person in New Mexico from living a normal life and even from being able to work a regular job. If a person suffers serious injury to the brain in an accident caused by another party's negligence, the victim has the right to file a liability claim against this other party. A monetary award in a successfully fought claim may help to address the pain and suffering caused by the accident, and it may also help to cover any ongoing medical costs associated with the brain injury.

Source: healio.com, "Traumatic brain injury increases risk for ADHD in adults", Gabriela Ilie, Aug. 24, 2015

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