ADHD Awareness Month: A Call to Action

October 10, 2014 5:05 PM

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The month of October is ADHD Awareness Month. It also marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of my book Driven to Distraction on ADHD. When it was first released, many medical experts dismissed the effectiveness of coaching as an ADHD management technique, or worse yet, questioned the validity of ADHD as a real condition. Now, ADHD is recognized as a real, brain-based medical disorder that affects people from all walks of life. We've come far since 1994 in our nation's collective awareness of ADHD, but we still have far to go when it comes to our view of those with ADHD.

ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood but persists into adulthood in about 60 percent of cases. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4-5 percent of adults worldwide have ADHD. The percentage of children with ADHD continues to increase steadily, from 7.8 percent in...

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