What percentage of the population has ADHD?

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  • ADonna Hill Howes, RN, Family Medicine, answered
    The National Resource Center on ADHD and the Attention Deficit Disorder Association report that approximately 7% of children and 5% of adults have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Unfortunately, most children who are diagnosed with ADHD go on to have problems with the disorder into adulthood.

    People with ADHD often share the disorder with members of their families. According to the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, there is a 30% chance of having ADHD if your parent or another close relative has the condition. Boys are three times more likely to have ADHD than girls. ADHD diagnoses are on the rise; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that ADHD diagnoses rose 3% each year between 1997 and 2006.
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