A Swedish study released last week in the New England Journal of Medicine has concluded that individuals with ADHD are less likely to commit a crime while taking medication. The study reviewed over 25,000 individuals with ADHD and their medication and any criminal behavior over a 3 year period.
The majority of crimes were burglary and theft related though about 4,000 of more than 23,000 crimes reported were violent in nature.
Among patients with ADHD, rates of criminality were lower during periods when they were receiving ADHD medication. These findings raise the possibility that the use of medication reduces the risk of criminality among patients with ADHD. (Funded by the Swedish Research Council and others.)[New England Journal of Medicine]
Studies like this show that it is important to understand how mental diseases can affect personality and that treatment and medication are possibly effective methods of reducing and preventing crime.
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