"many adults in the United States have ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? If you were like most psychiatrists and doctors in the year 1990, you’d have answered, “almost none. The condition is typically characterized by hyperactivity, which most adults don’t have. And even without hyperactivity, just ADD, there simply isn’t that much of it in adults.” They were horribly wrong. According to the World Health Organization and many other respected medical authorities, about 5% of adults in the United States have ADHD.That’s 11,000,000 people. Because we didn’t believe ADHD existed in adults, not very many are getting treatment. Of those eleven million, in the past year, only one million got some form of treatment for ADHD. This is a gigantic public health failure. Untreated ADHD causes real problems. Having it means you’re twice as likely to get a divorce. You have an up to 50% chance of developing serious depression or anxiety. You’re more likely to get your license suspended or revoked.3 All this – and you would have had no idea why. Why it was so hard for you to pay attention to small details, to sit still, to stay focused on one thing. To enjoy a long conversation or stay at the dinner table after eating. Those and more than 90 other areas can be extremely challenging for people with ADHD."
Gurevich, David (2010-05-24). Adult ADHD: What You Need to Know (Kindle Locations 20-33). . Kindle Edition. (via adhdisme)