How Well Do You Know ADHD?

Though the symptoms of ADHD were first noted by the medical community in 1902, pervasive misinformation and myths about the condition continue to haunt it — and prevent thousands of individuals from getting the diagnosis and treatment they need each year. Here, test your understanding of ADHD.

The number of attention deficit disorder (ADHD) diagnoses continue to climb steadily in the United States, up from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 11 percent in 2011. Despite the growing number of individuals with ADHD, it is still a widely misunderstood condition burdened by myths such as "you can’t have ADHD if you're not hyper" and “everyone grows out of ADHD eventually.” The fact is, it’s a complex disorder with varying symptoms that morph and persist through adulthood for many people.

More specifically, ADHD is a spectrum disorder, meaning it manifests differently in each individual. One patient be inattentive, while another is hyperactive, or maybe both. Just as symptoms vary, so does the severity of the condition — from mild to severe. Add to that the frequency of overlapping conditions, late diagnoses, and lingering shame, and you have a very complex disorder impacting more than 14 million Americans.

The first step to spreading awareness about ADHD is making sure your own understanding is accurate. Take this quiz to see how well you understand this complex condition, and share it with your family, your child's teachers, and others who could benefit from a more clear overview.

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