ADHD, Behavioral Issues, and Mental Health

The phenomenon of ADHD has been known as a developmental issue that prevents children from developing relevant cognitive and socioemotional skills for quite a long. However, over the past decade, concerns over the effects that ADHD has on the general extent of patients’ mental health and on the further prospects of developing behavioral issues have been raised (Agnew-Blais et al., 2018).

Specific concerns involving the further aggravation of behavioral development in children with ADHD include a high probability of further delinquency and the development of anxiety and depression unless attended to in a healthcare setting (Sibley et al., 2021). Although the studies selected for this assessment suffer from several minor issues, the consensus suggests that behavioral issues and mental health problems are highly correlated with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

However, the outlined concerns are not entirely unmanageable; quite the contrary, behavioral therapy can be used to reduce the probability of the described issues occurring in children as they develop. Specifically, the article by Sciberras et al. (2021) renders the issue of ADHD in children, connecting it to mental health problems and hypothesizing about the role of the coronavirus in the specified concern. Featuring a well-developed background and a clear research question, the introduction serves its purpose perfectly.

The methods selected by the authors are also appropriate for the study. Specifically, the use of the quantitative longitudinal design aligns with the needs of the research and allows observing changes that the target population is undergoing as a result of the pandemic. Therefore, the authors should be credited for the proper choice of methodology. In turn, the results returned in the study signify that the correlation and causation links are, in fact, present in the target population. Listed carefully and supported by the available evidence extensively, the research results are vital for future studies. Finally, the discussion section offers a thoughtful commentary on the issue, cementing the importance of the study in further research.

Another important paper on the subject of ADHD and its connection to behavioral issues, the study by Sibley et al. (2020) indicates that ADHD and related mental health concerns are, in fact, treatable. The introduction establishes the key research question properly, and the following methodology section provides a sensible approach to answering it. The application of a coding technique has allowed analyzing the results properly and obtaining vital information about the use of the Motivational Interviewing (MI) tool as the means of determining patients’ needs and treatment options. Finally, the robust discussion contributed to the assessment of the issue and the identification of key strategies for mitigating ADHD outcomes.

Finally, the paper by Agnew-Blais et al. (2018) details that the long-term effects of ADHD in children determine their further development and percolate in their behavior choices in their early adulthood. The authors introduce the concept of ADHD as a condition involving multiple comorbid issues, leading to the question of the effects of ADHD on adult behavior. The study was conducted using the quantitative approach in a cohort study conducted among UK twins. In turn, the results and the discussion can be considered credible and extensive due to the application of an appropriate analytical tool and the introduction of multiple perspectives.

Despite minor problems with the representability of the sample and the choice of the analytical tool, the articles under analysis confirm that ADHD is highly correlated with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Moreover, the studies assert that ADHD may be linked to the threat of juvenile delinquency and further behavioral issues in children. Therefore, further research regarding the strategies for addressing the described problems must be conducted to mitigate the threat that the rising rates of ADHD in children create.


Agnew-Blais, J. C., Polanczyk, G. V., Danese, A., Wertz, J., Moffitt, T. E., & Arseneault, L. (2018). Young adult mental health and functional outcomes among individuals with remitted, persistent and late-onset ADHD. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 213(3), 526-534. Web.

Sciberras, E., Patel, P., Stokes, M. A., Coghill, D., Middeldorp, C. M., Bellgrove, M. A., Becker, S. P., Efron, D., Stringaris, A., Faraone, S. V., Bellows, S. T., Quach, J., Banaschewski, T., McGillivray, J., Hutchinson1, D., Silk, T. J., Melvin, G., Wood, A. G., Jackson, A., Loram, G., Engel, L., Montgomery, A., & Westrupp, E. (2020). Physical health, media use, and mental health in children and adolescents with ADHD during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia. Journal of Attention Disorders, 1-14. Web.

Sibley, M. H., Graziano, P. A., Bickman, L., Coxe, S. J., Martin, P., Rodriguez, L. M., Fallah, N., & Ortiz, M. (2021). Implementing parent-teen motivational interviewing+ behavior therapy for ADHD in community mental health. Prevention Science, 22(6), 701-711. Web.

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