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Most kids with ADHD face adult mental health issues

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Maria Scazzero says this binder is key to running her life.

Every week she categorizes what she needs to do, assigning herself no more than three tasks a day. It's her way of managing her Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

She was diagnosed at 12 and at 27 she still has it.  A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds she's not alone. Many children have to cope with ADHD for a lifetime.

The new study also found 57% of children with ADHD had at least one other psychiatric disorder as adults including substance abuse, anxiety and depression.

People with ADHD have difficulty organizing and meeting deadlines, and can struggle academically.

Maria knows that all too well. She's battled anxiety and depression.

With the help of medication and therapy she's been able to manage her time and keep her life organized.

The study also showed that children with ADHD were also more likely to commit suicide and be incarcerated as adults, although the numbers were small.

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