10 Things You May Not Know about ADHD
So you think you know all about ADHD? You might know a lot about this disorder if you have been diagnosed with it or if you are a parent or caretaker of a child with ADHD. But as much as we think we know, there are always new things to learn due to the incredible amount of research on this topic. To help increase your overall knowledge of this mysterious disorder, I have compiled the following fascinating facts and statistics about ADHD.
Did you know?
- Kids with eczema are more likely to have ADHD. Eczema is a common skin disorder for children. It is estimated that about 20 percent of children in Western nations have this itchy skin rash by the age of six. A study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that children and adolescents with atopic eczema were 54 percent more likely to have an ADHD diagnosis than those without it.
- You may be more likely to have ADHD if you are ambidextrous. The term, "ambidextrous" simply means that you are equally adept with using your right hand or your left hand. Eileen Bailey reports that there is a study to show that ambidextrous teens are twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than those who are not ambidextrous, and those with ADHD have more severe symptoms than right-handed teens with ADHD.
- Your child with ADHD may be more likely to be a bully or be the target of bullying than children without the disorder. A 2008 Swedish study found that children with ADHD are almost four times as likely to be bullies. They also found that the kids with ADHD symptoms were 10 times as likely to have been bullied before the symptoms of ADHD began. You can read more about the correlation between bullying and ADHD with Eileen Bailey’s post, "When Your Child is a Bully."
- Your child with ADHD may be more prone to injury. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide statistics to show that children with ADHD are significantly more likely to have major injuries, hospital inpatient stays and emergency room visits than children who do not have ADHD.
- The CDC has also found that the percentage of people having ADHD greatly differs depending on where you live. For example, Colorado has one of the lowest prevalence rates of ADHD (five percent), where Alabama has the highest prevalence rate at approximately 11 percent.
- The pre-teen years may be the time when many parents consider medication for their ADHD child. The CDC reports that the most highly medicated age demographic for ADHD children are those between 9 and 12 years of age.
- If you are an adult with ADHD, there is a good chance that you have not been officially diagnosed yet. According to ADDitude magazine online, as many as 80 percent of adults with this disorder (or about 5 million people) have not been officially diagnosed. One reason given is that ADHD is still considered by the general public as a childhood condition. The truth is that the symptoms of ADHD, especially impulsivity and inattention, can continue into adulthood.
- Having a child who has ADHD can put considerable stress upon a marriage. According to a 2008 study reported in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 23 percent of parents of an ADHD child had divorced before their child’s eighth birthday. Take heart that there are ways to deal with stress within your relationship. In my post, "Divorce and Parents of Children with Disabilities" I present some suggestions of how to keep your marriage intact despite the pressures of raising a child with special needs.
- Untreated adult ADHD can be costly. A 2008 U.S News and World Report article quoted a statistic that adults with ADHD miss, on average, more than three weeks a year in workplace productivity. Researchers found that one of the problems is that many workers have ADHD and don’t know it. One solution proposed is for employers to screen their workers for ADHD and get them treatment.
- Despite all the hardships and challenges associated with ADHD, caregivers and individuals diagnosed with this disorder are still able to find the positives in their experience. Some of the most inspiring comments on ADHD Central were responses to a post I wrote entitled, "Top Ten Positive Things about ADHD." It is never too late to add your own comment.
As you can glean from these facts and figures, ADHD is a serious condition having many possible challenges or repercussions. For more information about how ADHD is diagnosed, treatment for ADHD, and how to manage the symptoms of ADHD please continue to visit ADHD Central for the latest ADHD news and research. Remember that we consider you to be our experts here. Please feel free to share your stories and experiences with others. Create a sharepost, ask or answer a question, or make a comment. We love to hear from you.