After years of blogging, supporting others and doing what I can to win the battle against ADD, it is still very apparent that many people are very embarrassed to admit they have ADD. There are a lot of people out there who have it, so maybe it's possible for people to take comfort in numbers.
When we look at the numbers, according to recent statistics published by The Health Center Attention deficit disorder affects approximately 5% of all children. Of children who have ADHD, many will still have it as adults. Several studies done in recent years estimate that on average....50% of children with ADD/ADHD continue to exhibit symptoms as an adult.
Let's break these numbers down a little more. In North America there are an estimated 84 million children who are in the demographic of 17 years of age or younger. If approximately 5% of children have ADD, this is in the area of 4.2 million kids in North America. That is an awful lot of kids with ADD. Let's now consider the two generations of adults out there in North America (18-35 and 36-52) that were part of the 50% average who continued to exhibit symptoms as an adult, after childhood. In North America, ages 18-35 there are approximately 70 million people (1.75 million with ADD) and ages 36-52 there are approximately 67 million people (1.67 million with ADD). Now, let's add all this confusing information together: