The ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO), the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, ADDitutde Magazine and Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) are promoting ADHD Awareness Week, which will take place between the 13th and the 17th of September.
One myth claims that the condition is not a real disorder, but the organizations state that abundant research studies have proven otherwise. ADHD is a legitimate diagnosis that results from an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain, and can lead to inattention, impulsiveness and hyperactivity. Up to 7 million children and 13 million adults in the U.S. have this disorder.
More than half of individuals who have ADHD as children continue to have it when they grow up, and the disorder has prevented some from holding steady jobs. The illness is one of the costliest health problems in America, as an estimated $77 billion in yearly income is lost by adults with ADHD.
ACO experts say that they hope "that every child and adult with ADHD [will] be recognized, [will] receive a proper diagnosis and [will] have access to the life-changing resources and treatments that exist.