ADHD Statistics - Stats on ADHD

by TJ Chambers

ADHD Statistics In the USA and DC

ADHD Statistics In the USA and DC

The CDC provides ADHD statics that are very detailed. I will share these stats on ADHD on this page. I will provide the link to their page at the end.

These statistics are in the USA and DC.

In the map of the country, You really have to wonder what is going on in the states that have such higher vs lower diagnoses of ADHD.

4.5 million children 5-17 years of age have been diagnosed with ADHD since 2006

3-7 % of school aged children suffer with ADHD. Some communities have higher percentages. {comment: should make you go hmmmm}

7.8 % of school aged children were reported to have an ADHD diagnosis by their parent in 2003.

Diagnosis of ADHD increased an average of 3 % per year from 1997 to 2006.

{comment: The above is not surprising with the increase of sugar and poor diet in children's lives.}

Boys {9.5 %} are more likely than girls {5.9 %} to have been diagnosed with ADHD.

ADHD diagnosis is significantly higher among non-Hispanic, primarily English-speaking, and insured children.

{comment: This could be because the children with insurance go to the doctors more often.}

Prevalence rates are significantly higher for children in families in which the most educated adult only completed high school versus a child in a family which had an adult with more or less than a high school education.

Diagnosis of ADHD among males was reported significantly higher more often in families with incomes below the poverty threshold than in families that were at or above the threshold. Rates of reported diagnosis in families were not significantly different.

{comment: Many of these boys eat very poor diets that are loaded with sugar. This would help explain why there are more diagnoses of ADHD. Why the girls aren't also diagnosed? Thats a good question. Maybe they aren't hyper and bouncing off the walls so it isn't noticeable. Not sure.}

Prevalence varies substantially by state. Colorado has 5% while Alabama has 11.1%.


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