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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