Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) defined:
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, ADHD is a problem with inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity, or a combination of the three. For these problems to be diagnosed as ADHD, they must be out of the normal range for a child’s age and development. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 3%-7% of the population between the ages of 3 and 17 has ADHD. It is diagnosed in males twice as often as in females. ADHD can persist into adult life and is called Adult ADHD if the diagnosis is not made until adulthood. Up to 60% of children who are diagnosed with ADHD will have symptoms that continue during their adult years.
Learn more about ADHD from these online sources:
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
U.S. National Library of Medicine
What can you do if you or your loved one may have ADHD?
ADHD can cause serious functional impairment in school and work. Seeking help from a behavioral health professional is essential. Consult with your physician or use the locators listed below to find a behavioral health professional:
American Psychological Association (APA) Locator
HelpPro Therapist Locator
Here is a resource from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for parents of a child with ADHD.
Find an ADHD support group near you.
Emergency situations: If you are experiencing a crisis please call 911 or one of the numbers listed below, or go to the emergency department at the nearest hospital.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
National Hopeline Network 800-784-2433
The above information was compiled for Box of Stars by the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation (TSBHF). The resources listed are not those of TSBHF. The provided information should not replace seeking medical attention.