Tuesday, October 18, 2011

‘Get the Facts’ During ADHD Awareness Week

Nearly 45 percent of parents of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report that their child is dissatisfied with school life, according to the results of a new survey of more than 2,500 people. Conducted by the ADHD Awareness Coalition in advance of ADHD Awareness Week, which is being observed this week, the survey also found that 60 percent of adult participants lost or changed a job due to the symptoms of the mental illness that affects a total of more than 13 million Americans. And many adults and children with ADHD have also been diagnosed with anxiety, depression, and/or sleep disorders.

APA’s HealthyMinds.org Web site provides additional facts about ADHD prevalence and symptomatology, including an informative brochure and a special feature on ADHD in athletes. To learn more about ADHD research and treatment, also see Psychiatric News.

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