Some well-known problems that can stem from a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) include a person who is severely hurt, has brain damage, requires constant care and is unable to function on his or her own. When a person in Newton has a TBI, there are often other problems that might not seem as severe, but can cause them to have functional issues even after they have supposedly recovered. One that is being studied is attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). Research shows that there may be a connection between a traumatic brain injury and ADHD.
A telephone survey of people in Canada indicates that there may be a link between TBI and ADHD. According to the study, those who had TBI suffered from ADHD twice as frequently. Since ADHD leads to impulsiveness and trouble maintaining attention, the association between TBI and ADHD can cause problems that might not previously have been known. As recently as 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that an estimated 11 percent of children between the ages of four and 17 were diagnosed as having ADHD. That amounted to around 6.4 million individuals.