Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the brain’s executive functions, leading to difficulties in regulating attention, impulse control, and hyperactivity. The disorder typically manifests during childhood and can persist into adulthood. At PsychiaTreat in Nassau County we know that ADHD is not caused by laziness, lack of discipline, or poor parenting; it is a medical condition that requires understanding, support, and appropriate interventions.
There is ongoing debate about the prevalence of ADHD diagnoses. While some argue that overdiagnosis may occur, it is important to remember that accurate diagnosis and appropriate support are essential for those who genuinely experience ADHD symptoms and require assistance. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates the lifetime prevalence to be 8.1% from adults aged 18 to 44 years old.