In addition to being Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the month that the Pumpkin Spice Latte returns to coffee shops everywhere, October is also ADD/ADHD Awareness Month. In fact, 2014 marks the tenth anniversary of ADD/ADHD Awareness Month, which started as ADHD Awareness Day back in 2004. To commemorate the month, here are a few facts about the disorder.
Attention-Deficit Disorder and Hyperactivity Disorder, abbreviated ADHD, is a real, brain-based medical disorder that’s been recognized by medical, psychological, behavioral health services and educational organizations in the United States.
- ADHD affects people of every age, gender, IQ-level and race. Boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. Today, 9.5% of the population of the United States has been diagnosed with ADHD.
- No single test can diagnose ADHD. Diagnosing ADHD is a complex and can take up to six months.
- ADHD often occurs with other disorders, including anxiety, depression and sleep disorders.
- When ADHD goes untreated, it can affect everything from success at school to problems with relationships and even trouble driving.
- ADHD is highly genetic, which means it’s nobody’s fault, the result of poor parenting or teachers, too much television or excess sugar. It’s a brain-based disorder.
- Treatment for ADHD is multi-faceted, combining medication along with psychotherapy, education, behavioral modifications and more.