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Research suggests link between ADHD and children's seizures

4 August, 2004

New research, published in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry, suggests that there may be a link between ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and seizures in children.

The researchers, from Columbia University, New York and Landspitalinn University Hospital in Reykjavik, studied newly-diagnosed unprovoked seizures amongst children under the age of 16.

It
was found that children with ADHD were two and a half time more likely
to have unprovoked seizures than children without ADHD, however this
was mainly linked to the inattentive type of the disorder and not to
children with the hyperactive/impulsive type of ADHD or those with both
types.

In
their conclusion, the researchers write that ADHD "occurs more often
than expected before unprovoked seizures, suggesting a common
antecedent for both conditions".