ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and it’s a neurodevelopmental disorder typically diagnosed in childhood. Actually, it is one of the most common disorders diagnosed in childhood. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2016, about 6.1 million US children and adolescents, ages 2-17, were diagnosed.
Individuals with ADHD may demonstrate difficulty with attention, impulsivity, and overactivity. Contrary to its name, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder does not always mean someone diagnosed with it is hyperactive.
There are different ways a diagnosis of ADHD can look. It can present differently between males and females. Did you know ADHD can change over time? Or that it can also last into adulthood? A study published this year in the Journal of Global Health found that between 2.58% and 6.76% of adults across the globe had a diagnosis of ADHD in 2020. This was from either childhood-onset or symptomatic adult ADHD.
In the last two decades, we have seen a steady increase in the number of people diagnosed with ADHD. The table below taken from the CDC website is from the National Survey of Children’s Health (2003-2011 & 2016) and it can illustrate the increase.
Males tend to have more noticeable symptoms, like hyperactivity and/or impulsivity. And females tend to have less noticeable symptoms, like inattentiveness. However, keep in mind that this can vary for each person diagnosed.
There is no blood test to diagnose ADHD. A diagnosis requires time, checking for symptoms, evaluations by diagnosing professionals, and a thorough review of assessment and tests results. You can learn more about assessments here.
Treatment for ADHD can vary for each individual diagnosed. There are different treatment options available, including medication, behavior therapy, and parent/caregiver training. It is important to talk to your doctor to find the treatment option or combination of treatment options that work best for you or your child. Click here to read more about treatment for ADHD.
Moreover, treatments should be carried over into school environments to help put tools and strategies in place, helping students be more successful in their school. This can happen at any level of education, from elementary school to college. Talk to your school or your child’s school for more information and learn about how to start this process.
ADHD Support and Resources
As with any diagnosis, building a network of support is key. Whether it is for you, your child, or someone you know with ADHD, you can learn more and find local support on the Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) website.
Our Clinical Director, Brandon Castillo, and I are on the Board of Directors for the South Broward/North Dade Chapter of CHADD. Through this Chapter, we host free monthly support meetings for anyone interested in learning more about ADHD. These meetings happen every month, from September through May. You can check our calendar for upcoming meetings.
We understand the challenges that can be associated with a diagnosis, and we are here to help. Schedule a complimentary consultation with us today!
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