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CASTRO, Carolina Xavier Lima  and  DE LIMA, Ricardo Franco. The consequences of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adulthood. Rev. psicopedag. [online]. 2018, vol.35, n.106, pp. 61-72. ISSN 0103-8486.

OBJECTIVE: The aim of work was to review the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder impacts in adulthood. METHODS: We conducted search in the databases online (Scielo, Bireme and PubMed) and search site (Google Scholar). The descriptors were "attention deficit hyperactivity disorder" and "adulthood" and "impacts" or "consequences". The inclusion criteria were: full-text articles, published in Portuguese, English or Spanish. The articles that did not respond the questions research were excluded. RESULTS: In total, 776 studies were found, and 15 studies were selected to analysis (five reviews and ten empirical studies). The main impacts evidenced by the studies were affective emotional development, professional performance, financial management, marital relationship and parental role. CONCLUSION: Adults with ADHD have negative and significant impacts on different aspects of their development and can be mediated by deficits in executive functions. Early diagnosis and appropriate interventions can minimize the impacts.

Keywords : Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity; Adult; Impacts on Health.

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