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Fact or Fiction: ADHD in America, a Capitol Hill Forum
Date:9/16/2010

ministration's addiction and mental health awareness event. "I am honored to tell my personal story about living with ADHD," said Ms. Olin. "It's a disorder that presents me with daily challenges and I am pleased to be able to help create greater awareness of this issue by participating in this forum."

Panelists will discuss the neurobiological nature of ADHD, the prevalence of ADHD among children, teens and adults, the impact of ADHD on quality of life and the economy, and the importance of early and effective intervention.

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About ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a psychiatric behavioral disorder that manifests as a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that is more frequent and severe than is typically observed in individuals at a comparable level of development.(1,2)

ADHD is one of the most common childhood psychiatric disorders.(3)   In the United States, approximately 7.8 percent of all school-age children have been diagnosed with ADHD at some point in their lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).(4)   Although many people tend to think of ADHD as a childhood problem, up to 65 percent of children with ADHD may still exhibit symptoms into adulthood.(5)   The disorder is also estimated to affect 4.4 percent of US adults aged 18 to 44 based on results from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication.(6)   When this percentage is extrapolated to the full US population aged 18 and over, approximately 9.8 million adults are believed to have ADHD.(7)

The specific etiology of ADHD is unknown and there is no single diagnostic test for this disorder.(3) Adequate diagnosis requires the use of medical and special psychological, educational, and social resources, utilizing diagnostic criteria specified in the
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