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According to the Centers for Disease Control, ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, affects

approximately 11 percent of children and about half of these children will carry the effects of the disease

into adulthood. ADHD

is a behavioral disorder that is based in the brain; it affects boys at a rate of three times

that of girls. About 5 percent of adults have ADHD.

ADHD manifests as a behavioral disorder and affects all races, all IQ levels, and all socio-economic

backgrounds. Although the disease is treatable, when it is left untreated, the individual can experience

difficulties in adulthood such as problems with employment, interpersonal relationships, and health

problems including obesity.

Research has shown that adults who were diagnosed with ADHD are up to four times more likely

to die at an early age. This can be due to the risky behaviors sometimes engaged in by those with

the disease or it can be due to their increased propensity to have accidents.

Diagnosing ADHD is complex and encompasses several aspects of the individual’s life because

it can be attributed to extreme forms of behavior. In order to be diagnosed with ADHD, the issue must

present in multiple areas and must be persistent, extreme, and pervasive

 

 

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