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.
Taking Charge of ADHD, Dr. Russell Barkley
Eileen Bailey is a freelance health writer. She is the author of What Went Right: Reframe Your Thinking for a Happier Now, Idiot’s Guide to Adult ADHD, Idiot’s Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Essential Guide to Overcoming Obsessive Love, and Essential Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. She can be found on Twitter @eileenmbailey and on Facebook at eileenmbailey.