The American Psychiatric Association (APA), estimates that 8.4 percent of children and 2.5 percent of adults have ADHD. The APA explains that ADHD is an acronym for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and that it is one of the most common mental disorders affecting children. However, ADHD also affects adults. October is ADHD Awareness Month and the organizers wish to focus on “ADHD Myths and Facts to dispel the harmful stories that perpetuate stigma.”
According to Healthline, ADHD can be very difficult to diagnose as many of its symptoms mimic typical childhood behaviors. Some facts on ADHD are:
- Males are three times more likely than females to be diagnosed with ADHD.
- The average age of an ADHD diagnosis is 7 years old.
- Symptoms of ADHD typically first appear between the ages of 3 and 6 years old.
There is no single test for ADHD. Healthcare providers do follow guidelines for making a diagnosis based on varied symptoms over time. To discuss your treatment options or for a mental health referral, you may walk in or schedule an appointment at any of our convenient Primary Medical Care Center community clinics, you may visit our website at www.primarymed.com, or call (305)751-1500 for our Miami-Dade clinic, or (954)289-0000 for our Broward clinic.