ADHDAdulthood: Empowering the Estimated 4 Million American Adult Women Living with ADHD
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder1 that affects an estimated 4 million women and 6.4 million men in the U.S. 2,3†± The key feature of ADHD is a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.1 ADHD can affect adults at school or work, at home, and/or in social settings, so it is important to build awareness of the potential signs of ADHD. Only a health care professional can diagnose ADHD.
In a continued effort to highlight the impact of ADHD on adults in the U.S., Shire is proud to launch the ADHDadulthood campaign. The campaign focuses on the ways ADHD symptoms could potentially affect someone’s everyday life. Tasks such as keeping track of one’s keys, staying focused at work and standing in check-out lines at stores may be more difficult for adults living with ADHD.1 Having some of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have ADHD.
“ADHD is estimated to affect 1 in 23 adults in the U.S. 2* ADHD may appear differently in adults than it does in children and teenagers,1” said Duane Gordon, President, Attention Deficit Disorder Association. “Adults with ADHD may often experience hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention.1 These three core symptoms may create challenges at work and at home,1 impacting their lives. Our goal, in partnership with Shire, is to empower adults experiencing these symptoms to talk with a health care professional and seek support for managing their ADHD.”
Through ADHDadulthood, Shire aims to empower and inspire adults experiencing ADHD symptoms to learn more about the disorder and start a conversation about ADHD with their health care team. Only a doctor can diagnose ADHD. For more information, visit www.ADHDadulthood.com and talk to your doctor.
†Diagnosis should be based on a complete history and evaluation of the patient. Medication may not be appropriate for all patients.
± Based on the National Comorbidity Survey Replication of 3,199 adults ages 18 to 44 years conducted from 2001-2003 and applied to the full US population ages 18 and over.
*An estimated 4.4% of adults had ADHD (based on clinical interview) in the U.S.; data from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication of 3,199 adults ages 18 to 44 years conducted from 2001 to 2003.
1 American Psychiatric Association. Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 5th ed. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association; 2013.
2 Kessler RC, Adler L, Barkley R, et al. The prevalence and correlates of adult ADHD in the United States: results from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Am J Psychiatry. 2006;163(4):716-723.
3 Howden LM, et al. Age and sex composition: 2010. US Census Bureau; 2011