ADHD and Our Children (Full Version)
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and our children.
Drawing of a doctor beside the text 6.4 million diagnosed.
In 2011-12, 6.4 million U.S. children (11% of all 4-17 year olds) had been diagnosed with ADHD by a healthcare provider at some point in their lives.*
Drawing of an arrow alongside the text 42% increase in diagnoses from 2003 – 2004 to 2011 – 2012.
Drawing of a child’s head alongside medication pills and the text 3.5 million taking medication.
In 2011-12, 3.5 million U.S. children (6% of all 4-17 year olds) were taking medication for ADHD.*
Drawing an arrow alongside the text 28% increase in medication usage from 2007 – 2008 to 2011 – 2012.
*These reports are from a survey of parents of children 4-17 years of age.
If you have concerns about your child and ADHD, complete a checklist about their behavior and bring it to your child’s healthcare provider: www.cdc.gov/adhd
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Page last reviewed: September 7, 2017
- Page last updated: June 6, 2017
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