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Apr

Every person has had a time where they daydream and lose focus for a minute or two…

But when does this lack of concentration become an issue? According to a new study performed by the World Health Organization, the percentage of adults diagnosed with ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) has risen from 4.4 percent to 8.2 percent in 2017, which is almost “double the rate reported in a 2006 study.”

Dr. David Goodman, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, comments on the fact that many people with ADHD are still undiagnosed, regardless of the six-question survey that has been used for over a decade to diagnose the mental illness.

The six-question survey analyzes various habits an individual may have in regards to impatience, lack of concentration, unwillingness to relax, etc. Goodman claims “it’s very important to look at the questions in their totality, [and] not each individual symptom [because] no single question stands out as indicating ADHD.”

Although ADHD is more common in youth, it can be even more concerning in adults. Depending on the severity of this illness, ADHD can easily affect a working adult’s ability to pay bills on time, be efficient at work, and manage their day-to-day lives.

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