The theme for 2017’s ADHD Awareness Month (October) is “Knowing is Better: ADHD Across the Life Span,” led by ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO), the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), and the Children and Adults With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).
The US National Library of Medicine defines Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as “a problem caused by the presence of 1 or more of these findings: not being able to focus, being overactive, or not being able to control behavior.”
Here are some facts you should know about ADHD according to the official website of “ADHD Awareness Month October 2017”:
- Though it has taken some time for the medical community to come to a total agreement, ADHD is now treated as a real brain-based medical disorder.
- ADHD is both common and non-discriminatory, affecting people of every age, gender, IQ, race and religious background. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 9.5% of children in the US have been diagnosed with ADHD; 44% of adults in the US between 18 and 44 experience symptoms of ADHD.
- ADHD it’s very hard to diagnose – as no single test can confirm that an individual has ADHD; diagnosticians must rely on many tools, and the individual must meet of the criteria for ADHD in order to be diagnosed with the disorder
- Mental health conditions often co-occur with ADHD: up to 70% of people with ADHD will also be treated with depression at some point; sleep disorders affect up to 3 times more often than people without ADHD
- ADHD is costly, and may be one of the costliest medical conditions in the US.
- ADHD treatment is multi-faceted, often including the combination of one or more of the following treatments: use of medication, various forms of psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and educational services
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