Authors’ contributions: JH and KS were the principal investigators. They contributed substantially to the study design, literature search, collection and assembly of data, data analyses, and data interpretation. OL, AR, and SVK contributed to the conception and design of the study, the collection and assembly of data, data analyses, and data interpretation. JH, AW and HW wrote all drafts and the final version of the report. All authors had full access to all the data in the study and take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. All authors contributed to preparation of the report and approved the final version.
An erratum to this article is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40211-016-0208-8.
This study intended to determine whether former and current ADHD symptomatology is associated with suicidal ideation in a non-clinical sample of 18 year old males. We performed a cross sectional descriptive study of 3280 men during the examination for military service. The investigation included a screening for substance abuse, past (WURS) and current (ADHD symptom checklist) ADHD symptomatology and an interview about suicidal ideations. We found a correlation of suicidal ideations with a history of ADHD symptomatology. ADHD symptoms were strongly consistent over time. These results indicate that a history of (diagnosed or undiagnosed) ADHD could be a predictor for suicidal ideations. Surveying a history of ADHD in primary care might help identify subjects at risk for suicidal tendencies.