ADHD is often diagnosed in children who show multiple symptoms and typically have problems at school due to their inability to stay still or quiet

The number of diagnoses have recently increased and its due to the enhanced understanding of the disorder and lower stigma in society.  Children are now being tested more frequently which makes diagnoses more common.

Table 1

Percentage of Children diagnosed - ADHD

A parent or teacher who suspects that a child has ADHD can request testing done by a family doctor or pediatrician. They can then be either diagnose or refer to a health specialist for more strenuous testing.  

Seemingly unrelated issues is normally tested as well as eyesight and hearing to disprove other condition that mimic the common symptoms of ADHD. To receive a diagnosis, a child need to have chronic presentation of symptoms that interfere with their normal life.


Table 2

ADHD Diagnoses graph

Comments: In 2016 according to CDC:

      Percentage of all children 2-17 years old in the U.S. taking ADHD medication was 5.2%.

      62% were taking ADHD medication.

      Ages 2-5: 18%

      Ages 6-11:  69%

      Ages 12-17: 62%

      Percentage of children 2-17 years old with ADHD who underwent behavioral therapy
     was 47%.

      Ages 2-5: 60%

      Ages 6-11:  51%

      Ages 12-17: 42%

      About 77% of children with ADHD were receiving treatment.

      About 30% were treated with medication alone.

      About 15% received behavioral treatment alone.

      About 32% children with ADHD received both medication treatment and behavioral

      About 23% children with ADHD were receiving neither medication treatment nor
     behavioral treatment.

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ADHD often affects a person for their entire life from childhood into adulthood.  Click here to find live-coaching skills to create and establish a routine to manage each stages of the disorder.