ADHD is actually more common than you might realise.
It was first described about 100 years ago but is no more prevalent now, just better recognised.
The incidence of ADHD is approximately the same across all countries and races. In New Zealand, an estimated 280,000 Kiwis have ADHD.*
A lot of parents who have children assessed and diagnosed with ADHD begin to wonder if they are part of the 25% of parents with a child of ADHD who also has it.
* New Zealand Ministry of Health, 2020
** Margaret H. Sibley, Ph.D., L. Eugene Arnold, M.D., James M. Swanson, Ph.D., Lily T. Hechtman, M.D., Traci M. Kennedy, Ph.D., Elizabeth Owens, Ph.D., Brooke S.G. Molina, Ph.D., Peter S. Jensen, M.D., Stephen P. Hinshaw, Ph.D., Arunima Roy, Ph.D., Andrea Chronis-Tuscano, Ph.D., Jeffrey H. Newcorn, M.D., Luis A. Rohde, M.D., Ph.D., for the MTA Cooperative Group, Variable Patterns of Remission From ADHD in the Multimodal Treatment Study of ADHD, The American Journal of Psychiatry, August 2021
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