How Many People Have ADHD?
Have you noticed an increasing number of people diagnosed with ADHD on social media and in your circle of friends? Did you know this is an extremely common mental health disorder?
Recent research has indicated that the true prevalence of ADHD in the US population is much lower than commonly held estimates, which range from 8% to 10%.
While ADHD is thought to have neurological causes, studies show it also has a strong genetic component. If one parent has ADHD, you’re four to six times more likely to develop the disorder yourself.
Adults with ADHD commonly struggle with attention issues, hyperactivity or impulsivity, leading to issues at work or school. Furthermore, they may struggle with managing their emotions which could potentially impact their relationships.
Three main types of ADHD exist: inattentive, hyperactive/impulsive and combined. Your diagnosis depends on how you behave in different circumstances as well as how well you respond to treatment.
Hyperactive/impulsive traits include running around, climbing or moving when it’s not safe to do so. They may provide answers before being asked a question in class, interrupt other people’s conversations, say the wrong thing at the wrong time or use other people’s things without permission.
No matter the form of ADHD you have, seeking treatment is essential for managing symptoms. It may improve focus on tasks, enhance communication with others and reduce stress that could otherwise lead to anxiety or depression.