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Do Kids Grow Out of ADHD...and How?

Thinking differently about symptom reduction as children change and develop

Writer: Dave Anderson, PhD

Clinical Expert: Dave Anderson, PhD

en Español

Dr. David Anderson, senior director of the ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute, discusses the long-term outlook for kids with ADHD. They’re all different, he says, and it is true that some percentage will develop out of the diagnosis. But a key predictor of later success continues to be early and appropriate intervention. With proper help, children with ADHD can become adolescents and adults who are no longer impaired by their symptoms, but have taken their differences and even made them positive parts of themselves.

This article was last reviewed or updated on November 7, 2023.