ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) awareness is celebrated every October, with events and activities happening all across the country and now, around the world, on the ground and on the Internet, capturing the notice of numerous national, regional and local media outlets resulting in articles, interviews and feature stories.
ADHD Awareness Month is an international movement to educate the public and create greater awareness and understanding about attention deficit disorder. “Our goal is to help women and men learn the facts about this disorder and to dispel myths which keep people affected by ADHD from seeking appropriate treatment,” said (or replace with quote by someone at your business/practice, with speaker’s name, title, practice name.)
October is ADHD Awareness Month. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects children, adolescents, and adults in the United States. Did you know…
- Millions of people in the United States are affected by ADHD
- Nearly 9 % of children ages 3-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD
- About 4.5% of adults have been diagnosed with the disorder
ADHD’s core symptoms include problems with attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.
This year’s theme for ADHD Awareness Month is “The Many Faces of ADHD.” An ADHD diagnosis not only challenges affected individuals but also their families and friends.
That’s why we have joined the movement to raise awareness about the condition.
Consider these facts:
- Individuals with ADHD experience more challenges in school, at work, and in social relationships.
- They have higher rates of emergency room visits and automobile accidents, are at greater risk for substance abuse.
The good news is that when children, teens, and adults are diagnosed early and receive treatment, they can lead more fulfilling lives.
I hope you will visit the ADHD Awareness Month coalition’s website at ADHDAwarenessMonth.org, to learn more about this real and serious health condition. The website has a wealth of information to help affected individuals, and their families, cope with the daily challenges of life. While you’re there, click on the calendar of free events and activities that are being held across the country in honor of ADHD Awareness Month.