ADHD Study Suggests Links that Fewer Crimes are Committed by ADHD Patients under Medication


People who are diagnosed with ADHD in childhood years may have increased risk of problems with legal system, using illicit drugs or being less successfull in their adulthood.

2656 people witha diagnosis of ADHD were screened from Swedish national database to investigate whether taking ADHD medication play a role in patients’s participation in crimes. According to the study which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, 41 percent of women and 32 percent of men who maintain medication for more than the 3-year study time frame were not quite likely to be involved and convicted of a crime compared to those who opted to skip medication. Crimes such as drug offenses, homicide, assault and other less serious crimes are some of those committed and medication taken by many was the stimulant Ritalin.

People with ADHD stand the chance of the likelihood to commit crimes but the studies suggested that those who took medication are less likely to end up with a conviction. In young adults where criminality is highly likely to occur, medication should be considered because it is more harmful for them to be involved in any way in criminal activities. On the other hand, psychiatrists are still debating whether they should prescribe ADHD drugs since drugs have different effects on individual persons and drugs sometimes do not work for everybody.