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ADD/ADHD is a childhood disorder
Studies show that 2/3 of children with ADD/ADHD will have it in adulthood. In some cases, symptoms worsen over time. Some adults outgrow the hyperactivity part of ADD/ADHD.

ADD/ADHD is not a real disorder
ADD/ADHD is one of the best-researched medical conditions. Recent advances in brain imaging technology have verified differences in brain functioning in people with ADD/ADHD. Affected areas of the brain include the cerebellum, basal ganglia, and prefrontal cortex.

Children and adolescents diagnosed with ADD/ADHD have the following statistics:

35% never finish high school
52% abuse drugs or alcohol
75% have interpersonal problems.

Additionally, they are overrepresented in teen pregnancies and car accidents.

Adults with ADD/ADHD experience a higher incidence of career and relationship difficulties and mental health conditions, such as depression.

ADD/ADHD is over-diagnosed
Due to new advances in medicine, more knowledgeable parents, and probably facets of American society, the percentage of children and adults diagnosed with ADD/ADHD is increasing. Studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association estimate 6% of school-age children have ADD/ADHD, with about half receiving diagnosis and treatment.

There is no doubt that children and adults who do not have ADD/ADHD are being labeled as such, due to poorly-performed examinations to support a "quick fix" remedy, or cursory self-diagnosis. This underscores the need for a thorough examination performed by a trained health professional.

ADD/ADHD is over-medicated
Studies support both sides of this highly controversial issue, but the majority of existing research indicates this statement is false. Please go to LINKS & RESOURCES for access to more detailed information.

Girls don't get ADD/ADHD
ADD/ADHD equally affects girls and boys. However, girls exhibit a higher incidence of Inattentive-type ADD/ADHD, while boys tend to have Hyperactive-type ADD/ADHD, which is more noticeable.