Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Statistics

(Also Known As: Adhd Statistics, ADD Statistics, Hyperactive Statistics, Attention Deficit Disorder Statistics, Attention Disorder Statistics)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Statistics on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  • There are about 2 million children in the US population having ADHD or approximately between 3 and 5 percent of children, so out of 24 to 30 children in a classroom, there is a possibility that one of them will have ADHD. 5
  • ADHD is the most prevalent disorder among children, as studies in the US show that about 8%-10% of children are convinced they have ADHD when diagnosed. Plus, it is a more common disorder in boys than girls with a ratio of 4:1 for the predominantly hyperactive type against 2:1 for the predominantly inattentive type. 6
  • It is reported that 41.3% of ADHD in adults in the United States are classified as severe. 7 Adults who did not seek treatment have a disorganized life and may rely on non-prescribed drugs and alcohol just to deal with it. They also have other psychological issues like depression, anxiety, chronic boredom, low frustration tolerance, mood swings, and relationship problems. 8
  • Symptoms of ADHD such as hyperactivity are lessened when a child reaches early adulthood, but impulsivity and inattention problems continue with up to 50% showing these symptoms all the way through his or her adulthood. 9
  • Because of media, people are more aware about ADHD. There is an increase rate of people who was diagnosed with ADHD during the 90s. From 950,000 in 1990, it was enormously increased to more than 2.4 million in 1996. While adults who were diagnosed of ADHD tripled between 1992 and 1997.

Suggestions:Suggestions on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Seek medical treatment immediately if you have noticed manifestations of ADHD in your child. It is very important to recognize as ADHD may affect the development of your child or might lead to adult ADHD if the signs and symptoms are ignored.
  • Simple gestures to show that love and care for the child could mean a lot for them despite having ADHD. Blaming them or yourselves will not solve the problem and will just let them feel they are neglected. Since the child cannot understand some verbal signs of affection; a pat on a shoulder and a thoughtful smile and hug will mean a lot for them.
  • Provide a copy of the child’s daily schedules or a calendar where he or she can fully view it, so he or she will know the activities for the whole day.
  • Giving your child a reward can be an effective and a rewarding way to acknowledge for what he or she has done well. Rewards need not to be lavish and material. It can be an extra half hour of watching TV, allowing them to choose the movie that the family will be watching for tonight, and many more.
  • Discipline your child in a positive way. Avoid hitting the child if they don’t follow directions, but rather removal of privileges might be more beneficial.
  • Give yourself time to relax as well because you cannot be as effective a parent if you are stressed and tired. A little humor can also help avoid arguments.
  • Making your child get adequate rest is important because a child with ADHD will tend to experience worse symptoms if they are fatigued. Also, keeping a regular schedule for meals, naps and bedtime will help them.
  • Recognize situations that will make your child overwhelmed and excited, such as avoiding long sitting or shopping in a mall and supermarket.
  • Provide your child a location in your home where he or she can quietly study without distraction.
  • Boost your child’s potential in skills that he or she can do very well in order to improve their self-esteem and become more disciplined. Enroll them into art class, dance lessons, or even martial arts classes.
  • In order for your child to follow directions, it is important that when you give directions, you make an eye contact with your child. Try also to give instructions by speaking slowly and being precise with your direction.
  • Don’t allow your child or teenager to take medications on his or her own. Plus, it is also essential that you talk to your child about their medication and that this medication cannot be given to or shared with someone else, especially if they are at school.
  • For children who are under medication treatment for ADHD, it is very important to visit their physician on a regular basis. Studies show that there are many children who don’t observe follow-up visits.
  • Taking medication for ADHD may produce side effects such as appetite changes, difficulty sleeping or increased irritability. So, if your child is experiencing these symptoms and any other side effects of medications, call your doctor right away and have an immediate follow-up for your child.

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