ADHD Statistics Speak for Themselves

The number of children and teens with symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) grows each year. Yet not every parent, teacher, or professional has been able to pinpoint whether or not the adolescents in their care have ADHD. The children whose parents and guardians have noticed these symptoms in their children have been accounted for and according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the statistics speak for themselves.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Key Findings: Trends in the Parent-Report of Health Care Provider-Diagnosis and Medication Treatment for ADHD: United States, 2003-2011 [data from the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) 2003 to 2011]. For children ages 4-17 years of age, highlighted data include:

  • 5.1 million children (8.8% or 1 in 11 of this age group 4-17 years) have a current diagnosis of ADHD:
    • 6.8% of children ages 4-10 (1 in 15)
    • 11.4% of children ages 11-14 (1 in 9)
    • 10.2% of children ages 15-17 (1 in 10)
  • The average age of current ADHD diagnosis was 6.2 years, including:
    • “Mild” ADHD diagnosed at 7 years,
    •  “Moderate” ADHD diagnosed at 6.1 years, and
    •  “Severe” ADHD diagnosed at 4.4 years.
  • 3.5 million children (69% of children with current ADHD) were taking medication for ADHD.
  • Boys (12.1%) continue to be more than twice as likely than girls (5.5%) to have current ADHD.
  • Current ADHD prevalence rates vary between states, with Nevada having the lowest rate at 4.2% and Kentucky having the highest rate of 14.8%.
  • According to the parent reports, 6.4 million children (11% of this age group 4-17 years) have ever been diagnosed with ADHD, and rates of ever-diagnosed ADHD increased an average of approximately 5% per year from 2003 to 2011.

The NeuroFit professionals in Glen Rock, NJ have taken notice of these staggering statistics and have formulated a program that combines both physical therapy and group sessions that focus on social skills and executive functioning. During the course of this program, children will learn skills to help them make new friends, maintain these relationships, and how to manage their behavior. The program will take place over a period of 12 weeks at VOLT FITNESS. If you have a child or teen with symptoms and associated issues related to ADHD, please call (201) 857-4768 or visit us at for more details.

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