How prevalent is ADHD in children?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Between 3% and 7% of school-aged children currently have a diagnosis of ADHD, according to the American Psychiatric Association. However, nearly 1 in 10 children (9.5%) aged 4 to 17 have had an ADHD diagnosis at some point in their childhood and rates of ADHD diagnosis are rising, especially in older teenagers.

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is running a close second behind autism for media coverage and parental worry today. It’s so commonly diagnosed that somewhere between 5 and 10 percent of children have it, depending on which statistics you believe. That could mean up to four million children in the United States, predominantly boys, who are three times more susceptible to it than girls, have ADHD.


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