What is the prevalence of pediatric attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its comorbidities in the US?

Updated: Nov 20, 2018
  • Author: Maggie A Wilkes, MD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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The prevalence of ADHD (ADD) in children appears to be 3-7%. ADHD (ADD) is associated with significant psychiatric comorbidity. Approximately 50-60% of individuals with this disorder meet DSM-5 criteria for at least one of the possible coexisting conditions, which include learning disorders, restless legs syndrome, ophthalmic convergence insufficiency, depression, anxiety disorders, antisocial personality disorder, substance abuse disorder, and conduct disorder. The likelihood of a person having ADHD (ADD) if a family member has ADHD (ADD) or one of the disorders commonly associated with ADHD (ADD) is significant.


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