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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)*

Data are for the U.S.

Morbidity

  • Number of children 3-17 years of age ever diagnosed with ADHD: 5.9 million
  • Percent of children 3-17 years of age ever diagnosed with ADHD: 9.5%
  • Percent of boys 3-17 years of age ever diagnosed with ADHD: 13.5%
  • Percent of girls 3-17 years of age ever diagnosed with ADHD: 5.4%

Source: Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, Appendix III, table VI [PDF - 697 KB]

Health care use - Ambulatory care

  • Number of ambulatory care visits (to physician offices, hospital outpatient and emergency departments) with attention deficit disorder as primary diagnosis: 9.0 million (average annual, 2009-2010)

Source: Annual number and percent distribution of ambulatory care visits by setting type according to diagnosis group. United States, 2009-2010 [PDF - 127 KB]

* The term "attention deficit disorder (ADD)" is used rather than "attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)" in some data sources.

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