Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a mental illness that has seen an increase in cases in the United States and around the world.
All types of people are susceptible to the different symptoms which include losing focus from side effects such as impulsivity and hyperactivity. This lack of attention can be brought about by both biological and psychological reasons which then need to addressed in the appropriate manner. People who are considered to have a physical problem with their brain because of a natural deficit in the amount of dopamine produced are often given drugs that available over the counter with a prescription like Adderall and Adderall alternatives like Vyvance, Ritalin, and Concerta. When someone’s brain is considered healthy but they still get these symptoms they can be helped by seeing a behavioral therapist who will slowly help them get past these concentration issues.
Children Versus Adults:
11.4% of children aged 11-14 or 1 in 9 children will be diagnosed with ADHD as opposed to adults who have a range closer to 4 or 5 %.
Men Versus Women:
Boys are more than twice as likely as women to get ADD than girls (12.1% to 5.5%).
By Race and Ethnic background:
Black or African American people get ADHD at the highest rate while Hispanic people have the least number of reported cases.
By Family Structure:
Children who don’t have any parents have the highest likelihood of having ADD/ADHD at 15%
Children of single mothers are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD at a rate 11.1%
Children of single fathers are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD at a rate of 8.7%
Children with both parents are diagnosed 7.3% of the time.
State with the highest rate of ADHD and the state with the lowest rate of ADHD
The state with the highest rate of ADD/ADHD is Arkansas at 17%
The state with the lowest rate of ADD/ADHD diagnosed is Nevada at 5.6%
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