ADHD StatisticsAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 3 million children between the ages of 12 and 17 have been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. In addition, it appears that males tend to be diagnosed more so than their female counterparts, and out of every ten children diagnosed, over half of them also had another behavioral disorder or condition (depression, anxiety, autism, etc.). The CDC also notes that over 60% of those diagnosed were taking medication, and nine out of ten children were getting some level of support in the academic realm.
Testing for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity DisorderWhen it comes to ADHD, there is no specific test or examination that medical professionals use to diagnose this condition. In addition, some symptoms of ADHD can correlate very heavily with other illnesses, conditions, and issues, so it takes some digging in order to diagnose properly. You might begin to notice that your child almost seems forgetful, making daily tasks much more challenging than they need to be. They might seem restless like they can't stop moving. You might notice that it's difficult for your child to make the right decision about something, placing them in harm's way or causing mistakes that otherwise wouldn't be made. Often, a lack of structure can also increase symptoms. According to StatPearls, the following symptoms must be present before an actual diagnosis of ADHD is confirmed:
- Symptoms lasting more than six months
- Symptoms impede daily life and routine activities
- Symptoms start before 12 years of age