ADHD Statistics - Stats on ADHD

by TJ Chambers
(Kansas)

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%.

CDC ADHD Data

Click here to post comments

Return to ADD vs ADHD.








Recent Articles

  1. Depression and ADHD: Taking stimulants and still super tired

    Diagnosed with ADHD and more recently depression. I started taking Zoloft 2 years ago while also taking concerta. Neither was doing much for me so I switched

    Read more

  2. Help on handling spouse with adhd

    Hello all 1st time posting on a site like this.. my wife has been diagnosed with ADHD, Bi polar, PTSD, and OCD. We have been married for 20 years and

    Read more

  3. Memory problems without afternoon dose of Adderall IR

    I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 7 years old & I’m currently 29 years old. My life kind of blew up/fell apart in March 2015 when I had been on 20mg

    Read more

  4. Diagnosed with ADHD at 44 and Having Issues with Adderall

    I've recently been diagnosed and prescribed Adderall XR 30mg. First dose...6 hours of calm and clarity like I've never known, then 30 hrs of terrible

    Read more

  5. Causes of ADHD

    What are causes of adhd? adhd causes? What causes adhd symptoms? You will learn all about this on this site.

    Read more