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Rate of head injury and accidents in ADHD adults

In honor of (or in spite of) my recent concussion, here’s a study on the increased rate of head injury and accidents in adults with ADHD. 

The study looked at the health, pharmaceutical, and disability claims for 100,000 employees and their families.  Children (28% vs 18%), adolescents (32% vs. 23%), and adults (38% vs. 18%) with ADHD had more accident claims than those without ADHD.   ADHD adults’ patient costs were significantly more than non-ADHD adults ($483 vs. $186). 

However, for everyone that did file a claim, there was no difference between the number of claims filed by those with ADHD and those without ADHD (3.6 vs. 3.5). 

The study concluded that the rate of accidents for people with ADHD was 1.7 times greater than for those without ADHD. 

Swensen, A., Birnbaum, H. G., Hamadi, R. B., Greenberg, P., Cremieux, P. Y., Secnik, K. (2004).  Incidence and costs of accidents among attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder patients.  Journal of Adolescent Health, 35(4), 346-347.

Study abstract

By |2016-10-05T06:46:13+00:00October 23rd, 2008|Categories: ADHD, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , |2 Comments

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Dr. Stephanie Sarkis is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling based in Tampa Bay, Florida, where she specializes in the treatment of ADD/ADHD. Dr. Sarkis conducts evaluations, testing, diagnosis, and counseling services. She also is a public speaker, consultant, coach, and is a facilitator in collaborative law.


  1. Accident Prone October 26, 2008 at 4:23 am

    I fall down all the time, trip, run into things….I am so not graceful.

    When I moved, I fell down the steps 4 times in a month-I guess it really is not a good idea to text while descending stairs…

    or driving, while in a boat, while riding a bike, in class in plain view, in crowded hallways, in the middle of a mind numbing conversation….

    Wow-you would really think I would learn-ha

  2. sandra407 September 9, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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