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With 1 in 10 people estimated to have ADHD, you would have to be living under a rock to not have contact with someone who has ADHD!
ADHD affects nearly 10% of the population
Do you live with someone with ADHD? Work with someone with ADHD? Mentor someone with ADHD? Or perhaps someone you care about struggles with focus, attention, emotional management, fidgeting, and motivation?
Knowing the facts about ADHD can make you aware of how if affects you and people close to you who have ADHD. You can be in awe of their ADHD superpowers, such as creativity, adventurousness, intuition, and high level of dedication. And, rather than taking it personally when your partner forgets an important day, or your coworker can’t seem to organize a simple task, you can recognize these as some of the challenges of ADHD. Working together you can devise strategies to help your partner remember and your coworker tackle tasks effectively.
Does your spouse or partner have ADHD (or do you suspect they do)? Here is a special message for you:
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ADHD adults are:
- Two-thirds are more likely to have been fired from jobs
- 3 times more likely to have impulsively quit jobs
- 33% percent more likely to have chronic employment difficulties
- 50% more likely to have changed jobs in a given period
- Twice as likely to separate or divorce
- Often highly intelligent (42% with IQ’s of 120 and above)
- Less likely to have achieved a college degree (19% vs 26%).
- Earning $2 less per hour compared with other adults without ADHD
Kids with ADHD:
- Do worse on objective measures of achievement such as grades, group tests, and individual achievement tests.
- Have problems applying the knowledge they have. Even those with normal IQ will have difficulty dressing without supervision and doing homework or chores
- Under-perform and 30%–40% will require special education services (Barkley, 2015)
- Are three times more likely to be involved with the justice system.
- Up to 50% are suspended, 15% have math/reading disabilities, 80-90% are significantly behind in school by fourth, fifth, or sixth grade.
- Those with hyperkinesis are twice as likely as the overall population to have “a severe lack of friendship
Effects on Family Functioning:
- ADHD predicts marital discord, including higher divorce rates.
- Research suggests that the disruptive effects of ADHD on siblings are experienced by children in 3 primary ways: victimization, caretaking, and feelings of sorrow and loss.
- The most destructive pattern in an ADHD relationship is when one partner becomes the responsible ‘parent’ figure and the other the irresponsible ‘child.
- The estimated educational cost of ADHD is about $3.5 – 4.0 billion annually
- A comprehensive review of 19 research studies reporting on the excess cost of ADHD in the United States for children and adults found a range between $143 billion to $266 billion every year for the nation. Most of the costs were incurred by adults due to productivity and income losses. For children, healthcare and education were the main costs. (Doshi 2012).
- Loss of productivity in the workplace costs $209 to $6,699 per person per year depending on the severity of the ADHD, or up to $38.71 billion per year.
You Should Know
Here are a few fun and informative facts about ADHD
What’s the Difference Between A.D.D. and A.D.H.D.?
Some people will say they have A.D.D. (Attention Deficit Disorder- as in, I don’t have the “H”) instead of A.D.H.D.. The truth is that diagnostically there are three types of ADHD-
- predominantly inattentive,
- predominantly hyperactive
- and combined type.
While using the term A.D.D. is a way to clarify what type of ADHD you have (inattentive type), clinically all three types fall under the DSM-5 diagnosis ADHD. Read more about this here
ADHD is Inconsistent
An ADDer’s performance is very situationally based. Because people with ADHD are seen as very bright and capable in certain situations, their poor performance in other areas is interpreted as due to lack of motivation or willpower. These have proven not to be the case, but you may begin to appreciate just how badly ADHD can be misinterpreted.
Almost 10 percent of the population worldwide is estimated to have ADHD. Celebrities and other famous (or infamous) people are no exception. In fact, in some creative professions, the rate of ADHD is higher than in the general population. You can read about some of these people in my post about Men and Women with ADHD.