ADD/ADHD Statistics

Eileen Bailey Health Guide
  • Dr. Russell Barkley has listed a number of statistics concerning ADHD:


    • A classroom with 30 students will have between 1 and 3 children with ADHD.
    • Boys are diagnosed with ADHD 3 times more often than girls.
    • Emotional development in children with ADHD is 30% slower than in their non-ADD peers. This means that a child that is 10 years old will have the emotional development of a 7 year old, a 20 year old will have the emotional maturity of a 14 year old.
    • One fourth of children with ADHD have serious learning disabilities such as: oral expression, listening skills, reading comprehension and/or math.
    • 65% of children with ADHD exhibit problems in defiance or problems with authority figures. This can include verbal hostility and temper tantrums.
    • 75% of boys diagnosed with ADD/ADHD have hyperactivity.
    • 60% of girls diagnosed with ADD/ADHD have hyperactivity.
    • 50% of children with ADHD experience sleep problems.
    • Teenagers with ADHD have almost four times as many traffic citations as non-ADD/ADHD drivers. They have four times as many car accidents and are seven times more likely to have a second accident.
    • 21% of teens with ADHD skip school on a regular basis, and 35% drop out of school before finishing high school.
    • 45% of children with ADHD have been suspended from school at least once.
    • 30% of children with ADHD have either repeated a year in school.


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    Taking Charge of ADHD, Dr. Russell Barkley

Published On: September 16, 2007