More adults diagnosed with ADHD

A growing number of adults are being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

About 4 percent to 6 percent of adults in the United States suffer from ADHD, said Shashank Joshi, a child and family psychiatrist at Stanford University. In nearly all cases, adult ADHD represents the continuation of a childhood condition. “It’s rare for an adult that walks in to say, ‘For the first time when I went to college, I started having these problems,’ ” Joshi said.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 8 percent of school-age children — an estimated 5 million children — have been diagnosed with ADHD. About half to two-thirds of those children experience symptoms as adults, according to Joshi.

When a child is diagnosed with ADHD, a parent may recognize the symptoms and seek a diagnosis.

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  1. Devilbunny says:

    Not to mention that the drugs are great for keeping the weight off.

  2. I haven’t lost that much weight, but I don’t forget where my keys are anymore and I a much safer driver. I wish I had been diagnosed as a child, it might have saved quite a bit of grief.

  3. …….part of the ADD is the typos — late at night — meds are gone.
    …..I am a much safer driver.

  4. Deirdre Mundy says:

    I’m a big fan of self-medicating via massive quantities of coffee……

    And for my own kids (one of whom is the queen of ADHD) I prefer early behavior training—- and separating the academic time from the ‘sit still and don’t call out’ time. Because my daughter can exhibit ‘classroom behavior’ OR learn new things, but she can’t do both at once…..

  5. Adults with ADD (minus the H) are another category. My husband (diagnosed at 57) cannot tolerate the medication. Of course, all his life he has been creating work-arounds, without knowing it. Now he benefits from extreme calendaring, etc.

  6. My son (40 this year) was diagnosed as autistic (you’d say Asperger’s) about five years ago and then, only a lttle later, as ADHD. He could have been diagnosed as a child, though schools weren;t looking for autism then, but the two conditions partly mask each other’s symptons.

    He was on ADHD meds for a while (and thought it was fantastic) but then had to stop bcause of the side effects.

  7. Between anti-depression medication and anti-ADHD medication, and drugs like ritalin, I fear that we’re going to become a fully medicated society. What are these drugs doing to everyone’s brains? What will the long term effects be? Will hundreds of millions of people have brain cancer, and the mainstream media call it ‘an epidemic from whereabouts unknown’ a generation from now? Are all these brain medications making millions of people less intelligent (through chemical effects, or outright chemical brain damage)? It really worries me…

  8. Early diagnosis is vital, not just for the obvious behavioural benefits or the improvement in educational outcomes, but to reduce the damage of storing up confusion and hurt. This store of emotional damage, almost inevitable with ADHD, can have devastating effects in later life.

    A confident and secure person learns better, but, more importantly, will be better able to exploit the positive sides and the unusual creative and imaginative skills that ADHD people often possess. Early diagnosis and care with a real awareness of ADHD can make all the difference.

    Please read my recent post on how it feels: The Wrong Boy.