ADHD

By: Lauren Ramirez

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a disorder that is most likely discovered during childhood and is quite common. Individuals with ADHD may have trouble focusing and along with other symptoms that could make it difficult to do well in school, keep a job, and have healthy interactions with family and friends.

Facts about ADHD!

~Individuals must have symptoms for a minimum of six months

~A single test can not determine ADHD

~ADHD can be treated in multiple ways besides medication

~6.1% of children are treated for ADHD with medication

~6.4 million American children ages 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD

~Males are almost three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than females

~The average age for diagnoses is age 7

~About 4% of adult Americans live with ADHD

~Symptoms typically first appear between the ages of 3 and 6

~There has been an increase of 42% of diagnosis for ADHD in eight years

~ADHD is found in all races and financial classes

Reflection!

During research for this project, I learned that ADHD could surprisingly be treated without any medication and the statistics show that males are more likely to be diagnosed with it. It was also interesting that most people have a vague idea that it is just a disorder that occupies your sense of attention but could have other symptoms that really effect everyday life and social occurrences. ADHD is not a disorder that can be quickly diagnosed because you can not determine it with one single test. It takes time to be diagnosed and see improvement with the treatment chosen.