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Children Are Most Likely to Be Diagnosed with ADHD by 10 Years Old

Just because ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders in children (an estimated 9.4 percent of children in the U.S. are diagnosed with it), doesn’t mean it’s any less daunting of a condition — for the parent or the child. To gain more insight, our parent company SHE Media conducted this survey. We wanted to help understand how parents of children with the condition (or who think their child might have the condition) are navigating everything from screening to diagnosis and treatment methods.

Regardless of a diagnosis, parents who took the survey recognized that children have a hard time focusing on a regular basis, with 43 percent being forgetful or easily distractible. And of the 1,882 survey respondents, nearly half of them said they had or will initiate the idea to have their child screened for ADHD.

The most staggering statistic from the survey is in relation to the children’s age of diagnosis — our survey found that 88 percent of children are diagnosed by the age of 10. And this can actually be a good thing. The sooner your child has a proper diagnosis, the sooner parents and their trusted healthcare providers can begin treating the condition to help the child succeed.

Three quarters of survey respondents who had their children screened received an ADHD diagnosis, and more than half of them had a positive sentiment about the diagnosis. “I also have inattentive ADHD,” one survey respondent said, “I am happy to help him in ways that I was not able to be helped as a child.”

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This article was created by SheKnows for MoreToADHD.

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