It is estimated that between 3% and 7% of school age children in the UK have ADHD. The UK’s National institute for Clinical Excellence, (NICE), suggests that it affects 5% of the school-aged population. It was thought that children ‘grew out’ of the condition by the time they reached adolescence however it is now suggested that, for more than half of children with ADHD, symptoms continue into adulthood.
Undiagnosed or untreated ADHD can have a significant long-term impact on a child. Without adequate support and interventions ADHD can result in
- Under-performance at school and reduced educational achievement
- Mental health problems
- Difficulties in making and sustaining relationships (with peers, teachers and family)
- Difficulties finding and keeping a job
- Criminal behaviour