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ADHD STATISTICS

  • minimum 51 million people affected worldwide
  • most prevalent malignant childhood disorder
  • known successful treatments have been identified and used since 1937
  • study = >60% kids aged 5-11, who’d committed suicide were diagnosed ADHD
  • nearly always had a co-existing mental health condition or learning disorder
  • devastatingly destructive to self-esteem to the point of self-harm
  • twice as likely to die prematurely than their peers
  • can reduce life expectancy by up to 13 years
  • 50-70% more likely to have few or no friends
  • 70-80% more likely to underperform at work
  • 40-50% more likely to engage in anti-social activities
  • 40% more likely to experience teen pregnancy
  • 32-40% more likely to drop out of school
  • 25% of students with this condition will experience suspension from school
  • 20-30% more likely to experience depression
  • 18-25% more likely to experience personality disorders
  • 16% more likely to experience STD’s
  • 5-10% more likely to rarely complete college
  • more likely to abuse alcohol and other illicit drugs than their peers
  • more likely to speed and have multiple motor vehicle accidents
  • cost the Australian economy $20 BILLION in 2019
  • can be fatal - accidental death, death by suicide & death by misadventure
  • has increased stigma and myth compared to other disorders
  • increased stigma and myth prevent diagnosis and treatment
  • ADHD is a real, physical brain difference proven on PET brain scans.
  • ADHD was first described as a medical condition over 200 years ago.
  • ADHD is a chemical deficiency in brain message signals called neurotransmitters
  • ADHD is a bio-neurological, development delay in the pre-frontal cortex of the brain where executive functioning is located
  • ADHD highly genetic. However, traumatic brain injury can cause it
  • ADHD is not a choice & cannot be controlled by willpower or discipline
  • ADHD is a spectrum disorder ranging from mild to severe
  • ADHD has co-existing/co-morbid conditions
  • ADHD is not caused by bad parenting
  • ADHD is not caused by wilful naughtiness, laziness or stupidity.
  • ADHD is inability to produce, hold or transport good neurotransmitters.
  • ADHD can’t be diagnosed by GP. A qualified specialist diagnoses ADHD.
  • ADHD does not respond well to traditional discipline.
  • ADHD is highly co-morbid with Anxiety.
  • ADHD is 30% >, risk of depression, anxiety, suicide & failing at life.
  • ADHD needs close boundaries & swift consequences to actions.
  • ADHD needs extra education regarding their strengths & weaknesses.
  • ADHD needs natural consequences to actions & lessons learnt.
  • ADHD symptoms are common. Most people can or have had some of the symptoms.
  • ADHD has more of the symptoms, more of the time, more consistently & with significant impact on their lives.
  • ADHD is helped by good diet & exercise, but do not cause, nor cure it.
  • Therapy, skills & prescribed medication is often successful in managing & treating ADHD. Education & understanding is needed.
  • ADHD was first medicated with stimulant medication in 1937.
  • Stimulant medication increases neurotransmitters up to “normal” levels, slowing, calming, filtering & focusing.
  • The opposite is true of a “normal” people. Their brain chemistry’s at “normal” levels, & a stimulant would increase their neurotransmitters above & beyond “neuro-typical/normal”.
  • Studies have shown that you’re less likely to abuse illegal substances, if diagnosed & treated with prescribed medication early in life.
  • ADHD myths & stigma make it more difficult to treat & medicate.
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