Pediatric Annals

Editorial 

Attention: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity Disorder

Stanford T. Shulman, MD

Abstract

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a remarkably common condition in our society, as all primary care pediatricians know, with best estimates of 4% to 12% of American youth affected. That is one in 8 to one in 25 youths! When the co-morbid conditions of ADHD such as tic disorder, learning disorders, oppositional-defiant disorder, or conduct disorder are considered, the full impact of this condition comes into better focus. Recent information also highlights the relationship of ADHD to the consequences of underachievement, lower quality of life, life insurance issues, increased risk of medical and dental emergencies, and increased reckless and dangerous driving habits.

Abstract

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a remarkably common condition in our society, as all primary care pediatricians know, with best estimates of 4% to 12% of American youth affected. That is one in 8 to one in 25 youths! When the co-morbid conditions of ADHD such as tic disorder, learning disorders, oppositional-defiant disorder, or conduct disorder are considered, the full impact of this condition comes into better focus. Recent information also highlights the relationship of ADHD to the consequences of underachievement, lower quality of life, life insurance issues, increased risk of medical and dental emergencies, and increased reckless and dangerous driving habits.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a remarkably common condition in our society, as all primary care pediatricians know, with best estimates of 4% to 12% of American youth affected. That is one in 8 to one in 25 youths! When the co-morbid conditions of ADHD such as tic disorder, learning disorders, oppositional-defiant disorder, or conduct disorder are considered, the full impact of this condition comes into better focus. Recent information also highlights the relationship of ADHD to the consequences of underachievement, lower quality of life, life insurance issues, increased risk of medical and dental emergencies, and increased reckless and dangerous driving habits.

10.3928/00904481-20080101-02

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