Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Survey: ADHD A Costly Disorder

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By William Hathaway, The Hartford Courant

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder costs sufferers billions in lost income each year, a new survey released Monday shows.

ADHD "may be one of the costliest medical conditions in the United States," says Dr. Joseph Biederman, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, about the survey, released at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting in Atlanta.

The survey of 500 adults with ADHD and 501 healthy adults showed that 17 percent of people with ADHD did not graduate from high school, compared with 7 percent of those with no diagnosis.

But even when people in the two groups received an equal amount of education, those with ADHD were much more likely to have a lower income than their healthier peers.

The average loss of household income per adult with ADHD was between $8,900 and $15,400 per year, according to the telephone survey conducted by Roper Public Affairs.

The total annual household income loss of eight million adult sufferers of ADHD totaled $77 billion annually, researchers estimated.

"Evaluating, diagnosing and treating this condition may not only improve the quality of life but may save adults with ADHD billions of dollars every year," Biederman says.

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