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ADHD is a risk factor for premature death, Danish study shows

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1094 (Published 26 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1094
  1. Jacqui Young
  1. 1London

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is associated with significantly higher mortality rates, although the absolute risk is low, a large Danish study has found.

The prospective cohort study, published in the Lancet,1 found that accidents were the most common cause of death in people with ADHD and that the relative risk of dying was much higher among women than men, as well as among those who had the condition diagnosed in adulthood rather than in childhood.

The study included all children born in Denmark from 1981 to 2011 with almost complete follow-up data for as long …

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