ADHD

How ADHD impacts people's lives

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning and development, as characterized by inattention (e.g., distractibility, forgetfulness) and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity (e.g., fidgeting, restlessness).1

Approximately 11% of children 4–17 years of age have been diagnosed in the United States.2 Up to 60% of children with ADHD continue to experience symptoms into adulthood.3 It is estimated that 4.4% of adults between ages 18 and 44 years experience some symptoms and disabilities from ADHD in the United States.4

In children, ADHD is associated with social rejection and reduced school performance.5 Children with a history of ADHD are ten times more likely to have difficulties with friendships and can have more frequent and severe injuries than peers without ADHD.6 In adults, symptoms reduce the quality of social or occupational functioning.7 Studies have shown that ADHD is associated with higher levels of unemployment, and those who are employed experience workplace impairment, reduced productivity and behavioral issues.8

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About ADHD

  • ~11% of school-age children have been diagnosed2
  • Up to 60% of children with ADHD will carry symptoms into adulthood3
  • ~4.4% of U.S. adults between 18 and 44 experience symptoms4