# "My Phone Was My Drug"

## 2 Comments: "My Phone Was My Drug"

1. shy4ever

Would be good to check that math again. The 74 million number is not possible; that would be over 20% of the entire US population of ~326 million, which includes all children. That’s not just more than could possibly be untreated, it is more than could possibly have ADHD!

I gather the idea is to carry that 11% of children have ADHD stat to the adult population. Using that percentage of the 326 million population you’d have 36 million total in the US with ADHD. That’s including children and adults, so you would need some stats that determine how much of the population is each. The percentage of population under 18 years of age is in the low 20s, 24% at the 2010 census, and predicted tick down to 23%, so I’ll use 23% to give a higher potential number of adults (in other words, I will be conservative in my revision of the number).

So, we take 77% of 36 million which is 28 million (rounding up generously) adults with ADHD. (If you like you can take 77% of 326 million, which gives you 251 million total adults, then 11% of that which is still 28 million.) So only 28 million adults can have ADHD in the first place if we use the childhood prevalence figure of 11%.

According to the above guest blog (my only source for this stat because I’ve already spent too much time on this), only 25% of those 28 million adults are getting treatment. 28 million is a nice easy number for that stat, which would mean 7 million adults with ADHD getting treatment and 21 million adults with ADHD not getting treatment.

So I’m confident enough after that exercise to insist the number of untreated adults with ADHD is -no more than- 21 million. It could be less, but there’s very little way it could be more. It’s still a pretty hefty number of people to have not receiving treatment for their serious brain disorder, but it’s not so dramatic as 3.5 times that many.

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