ADHD by the Numbers

April 28, 2018

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disability (LD) can co-occur for some children. 83% of students diagnosed with a learning disability also meet the criteria for ADHD (Semrud-Clikeman et al., 2016)

ADHD by the Numbers
According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • About 6.4 million children have received an ADHD diagnosis at some point.
  • ADHD diagnoses have increased 16 percent since 2007 and 53 percent in the past decade.
  • Boys (13.2 percent) were more likely than girls (5.6 percent) to have ever been diagnosed with ADHD.
  • Rates of ADHD diagnosis increased at a greater rate among older teens as compared to younger children.

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