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How many children experience problems with ADHD in adulthood?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Around 70% to 80% of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continue to have symptoms of the disorder well into young adulthood and beyond. MayoClinic.com reports:

  • One in three children with ADHD will outgrow their symptoms by adulthood.
  • One in three children with ADHD will have mild to moderate ADHD symptoms as adults.
  • One in three children with ADHD will have serious problems with ADHD in adulthood.

According to the National Resource Center on ADHD, children with the most severe ADHD symptoms tend to have the most trouble with the disorder in adulthood. Between 1.5% and 4% of adults have ADHD. Thus, ADHD is not just a problem that affects children. The National Resource Center on ADHD reports that many individuals with adult ADHD experience problems with their mental health, relationships, and school or work productivity. However, adult ADHD can be treated. Medications and therapy typically offer many benefits for people with ADHD.

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