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.