Vol. 10, No. 3, 2004 Page 3

National survey reveals heavy burden of adult ADHD

The idea that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder "outgrow" their problems is false, according to a recent survey.

The results of a national survey, conducted by the Roper polling firm and reported at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, show that:

"The importance of diagnosing and helping adults with ADHD has often been debated by individuals, health care professionals and by society in general," says Harvard Professor of Psychiatry Joseph Biederman. "The compelling results of this survey reinforce the fact that ADHD is a serious medical condition causing significant, life-long impairments. ADHD can no longer be dismissed as a 'fake' or 'made-up' disorder."


"Survey of adults reveals life-long consequences of ADHD," news release, Porter Novelli, May 6, 2004.

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