State-based Prevalence of ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment 2016-2019
CDC uses national surveys that ask parents about their child’s health to monitor the number of children with ADHD and the treatment patterns for these children. The data presented on this page are from the current version of the National Survey of Children’s Health, which have been collected annually since 2016. This survey relies on parent report of ADHD diagnosis by a healthcare provider.
Parents reported whether a healthcare provider ever told them that their child had ADHD, and, if yes, whether their child currently had ADHD.
Note: Differences between states may not necessarily be statistically significant. Learn more about which states have a statistically significantly lower or higher ADHD prevalence than the rest of the country.
More information about treatment type:
ADHD medication: Parents reported whether a healthcare provider ever told them that their child had ADHD, and if yes, whether their child currently had ADHD and whether their child was currently taking medication for ADHD.
ADHD behavior treatment: Parents reported whether a healthcare provider ever told them that their child had ADHD, and if yes, whether their child currently had ADHD and reported whether their child had received behavior treatment for ADHD in the past 12 months.
ADHD treatment: Includes children with current ADHD who received ADHD medication or ADHD behavior treatment, or both.
Any treatment: All parents were also asked generally whether their child had taken medication for difficulties with their emotions, concentration, or behavior in the past 12 months. They also were asked whether their child received any treatment or counseling from a mental health professional in the past 12 months. Note that this may have been treatment for conditions other than ADHD. The ‘any treatment’ indicator includes whether the parent reported that their child received any general mental health treatments and/or any ADHD-specific treatment.