Talking Points for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
From the ADD Resource Center: (https://www.addrc.org/adhd-numbers-facts-statistics-and-you/)
- 6.4 million American children ages 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD.
- The average age of diagnosis for ADHD is seven years old.
- In the last 8 years, there has been a 42% increase in ADHD diagnoses.
- Men are three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than women.
From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, “Is It ADHD or Child Traumatic
- Young children who experience trauma may have symptoms of hyperactivity and disruptive behavior that resemble ADHD.
- Trauma can make children feel agitated, troubled, nervous, and on alert. These behaviors can be mistaken for hyperactivity.
- What might seem like inattention in children who experience trauma might actually be symptoms of dissociation (feelings of unreality or being outside of one’s body) or the result of avoidance of trauma reminders.
- Among children who experience trauma, intrusive thoughts or memories of trauma (e.g., feeling like it is happening all over again) may lead to confused or agitated behavior which can resemble the impulsivity of ADHD.