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.

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