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ADHD is a mental health disorder that affects the way you act and focus. It includes a mix of persistent problems, such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior.

ADHD affects the ways one operates in everyday life. In addition to the big 3 symptoms, some others include:

ADHD Poor sense of time Insomnia Emotional Dysregulation Executive dysfunction Poor working memory Hyperfixation Lack of motivation Sensory Issues


A national 2016 parent survey revealed that the estimated number of children ever diagnosed with ADHD is

6.1 million

or 9.4%

Boys are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than girls

12.9% 5.6% >

Research suggests that ADHD affects a larger number of girls than originally reported


An reason for this could be that because of the way girls’ symptoms tend to manifest compared to boys’ leads to ADHD being missed, which may reflect a bias in the diagnostic process

According to a national 2016 parent survey,

6 in 10 children

with ADHD had at least one other mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder

51.5 percent of children with ADHD have behavioral or conduct problems

32.7 percent have anxiety problems

16.8 percent have depression

13.7 percent have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

1.2 percent have Tourette syndrome

About 45 percent have a learning disorder

The link between ADHD and substance abuse disorder (SUD) is well-documented. Studies suggest that 25 to 40 percent of adults with SUD also have ADHD.

People with ADHD are at least

1.5 times more likely

to develop substance abuse disorders to substances like nicotine, alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine