10 Fascinating ADHD Statistics
In this article about interesting ADHD statistics we have gathered a number of facts that you should find interesting. But before we get started on ADHD statistics let's take a minute or two to delve into exactly what ADHD represents.
ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and is simply the newer, more modern, name for ADD. Most brain research suggests that this condition is an imbalance in the two or more brain chemical messengers, with the two most often mentioned being dopamine and norepinephrine. The primary symptoms this imbalance produces are inattention/distractibility, impulsive behaviour, and hyperactivity or restlessness, which began before the age of 7, but over half of the time will continue into adulthood.
Interesting ADHD statistics
* 20 percent of ADHD children have learning disabilities and about 80 percent have academic problems.
* Using a conservative frequency rate of 5 percent the annual societal cost of illness for ADHD is considered to be between $13,000 and 18,000 per individual.
* Across ten countries, it has been estimated that this condition was associated with 143.8 billion in lost revenue every day. Most of this loss was linked directly to ADHD and not co-occurring conditions such as depression or bi-polar disorder.
* Those with ADHD were more likely to have attendance problems at work or at school than their peers.
* Diagnosed cases of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder increased almost 4 percent every year from 2000 to 2010 making it the number one mental health concern in children.
* Boys are twice as likely to be diagnosed as girls. This is down dramatically from the 10 to 1 ratio in 1997.
* In America, the state with highest number of cases reported was Alabama with the highest number of prescriptions being written in Arkansas.
* Slightly less than 5.5 million children ranging in age from 5 to 17 were diagnosed with ADHD in 2009.
* Currently 60 percent of all children with ADHD are receiving medication for treating the disorder, with Ritalin continuing to be the most widely prescribed.
* The most highly medicated age demographic for ADHD children are those from 9 to 12 years of age.
ADHD statistics are fun to read but if you are an adult or child struggling with ADHD finding an effective treatment is an important first step in overcoming this challenging condition. The most common form of treatment is prescription stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderall and Vyvanse. While effective, all stimulant medications come with a number of serious label warnings. The risk of side effects, or perhaps lack of success with stimulants, has prompted many to investigate other options.
A couple examples of this are behaviour modification therapy and/or natural remedies. Natural remedies for ADHD are a side effect free way to address such problematic symptoms as inattention, distractibility, impulsivity, erratic behaviour and hyperactivity and can be used both as a standalone treatment or as a compliment to other non-prescription alternatives.
About the author: R.D. Hawkins is an enthusiastic advocate for the use of natural health products and natural living with over 10 years experience in the field. Learn more about natural remedies and natural health at Purchase Remedies.com