The disorder impacts one in 25 adults and often appears in childhood

Just over 4% of adults ages 18-44 have ADHD

the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH)

What is ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that affects attentiveness, impulsiveness, and hyperactive behaviors in people of all ages, especially in children. Though people may not be diagnosed until they become adults, symptoms of ADHD typically start during early childhood. Symptoms in adults may not be as obvious as symptoms with children. Even undiagnosed, hyperactivity may decline in adults while all other common symptoms remain. Treatment for ADHD can include talk therapy, medication, and the realization and treatment of other mental health problems that may co-occur along with it.

Possible Negative Effects

If ADHD is left untreated in children, it can bring rise to all the serious behavioral issues that all parents worry about. Lack of concentration can lead to poor school performance and a drop in grades. In the teenage years, it could lead to problems driving on their own and obtaining their license. At any age, it could greatly affect their social skills with other children, putting them at a higher risk for depression and anxiety disorders. When being treated for ADHD (whether they’re adults or children), individuals will learn about healthy impulse control, social skills with others, and regulating emotions so that they don’t overwhelm themselves or others.

ADHD isn’t just an inability to concentrate or sit still. The disorder can put someone at higher risk of other conditions. A 2015 study from the International Journal of Eating Disorders revealed that kids who are diagnosed with ADHD are 12 times more likely to develop an eating disorder known as loss of control eating syndrome (LOC-ES) than kids who were not diagnosed. Another study from the National Library of Medicine showed that adults with ADHD were less likely to have graduated high school or college. Some adults with ADHD have trouble getting and keeping jobs as well.


According to the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), here are some surprising stats on ADHD:

  • Just over 4% of adults ages 18-44 have ADHD.
  • Close to 50% of ADHD cases in adolescents showed serious mental impairment.
  • ADHD is slightly more common in men (over 5%) than in women (just over 3%).
  • In 2016 alone, over 6 million kids were diagnosed with ADHD.
  • In young children, ADHD is twice as likely to be diagnosed in boys than girls.
  • ADHD is three times more likely to be diagnosed in boys than girls during adolescence.
  • 50% of kids with ADHD also have a behavioral problem.
  • A large percentage of ADHD children also had co-occurring disorders (33% had anxiety, 17% suffered from depression, and 14% were diagnosed with autism).

What to Look for

If you think you might have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), be on the lookout for these symptoms, experienced over an extended period of time:

  • Co-occurring substance abuse
  • Can’t get organized
  • Putting things off to the last minute
  • Getting frustrated easily
  • Feeling bored consistently
  • Rapid changes in mood
  • Relationship problems
  • Constant depression
  • Forgetting plans
  • Increased anxiety
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Problems at work
  • Poor anger control
  • Impulsive decision-making
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ADHD Treatment at the Meadows IOP

If you have severe ADHD and are curious about seeking treatment, our Meadows intensive outpatient programs may be the solution. We have facilities in the southwest and on the west coast that treat co-existing mental health disorders such as ADHD, anxiety, and depression. We guide our patients to explore the trauma behind these disorders in a safe environment fit to their needs. Applying a dual-diagnostic approach, we offer a variety of therapies and modalities for comprehensive healing. If you think you or someone close to you needs help, contact us today.

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