October is ADHD Awareness Month. The leading ADHD support organizations know you have questions and they are bringing you evidence-based answers.
“Common Questions, Reliable Answers” is the theme of this year’s ADHD Awareness Month, sponsored by coalition members ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO), AttentionDeficit Disorder Association (ADDA), and CHADD, Children and Adults with ADHD.
The coalition has collected the top questions about ADHD to be answered by internationally respected researchers and ADHD professionals. Starting October 1, the professionals’ responses to the questions and associated infographics will be posted on the ADHD Awareness Month website, Facebook page, and Twitter. New questions and answers from leading experts will be added each week throughout October.
It’s estimated that about 7.2 percent of children worldwide have ADHD, while about 3.4 percent of adults are estimated to have diagnosed or undiagnosed ADHD. In the United States, about 9 percent of children have been diagnosed with ADHD and about 4 percent of adults are estimated to have either diagnosed or undiagnosed ADHD. ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental childhood disorders. For about half of the children with ADHD, the condition continues into adulthood, presenting a range of challenges across the lifespan.
“ADHD is a serious public health issue,” said Roxanne Fouché, director of the ADHD Awareness Month Coalition. “October’s ADHD Awareness Month is a great opportunity to share reliable information about ADHD in children and adults, as well as highlight comprehensive treatment options and available resources to live well with ADHD.”
Getting Reliable Answers
The coalition has asked experts from the many fields of ADHD to answer the most common questions about ADHD. These answers will be shared on the ADHD Awareness website and social media.
“Answering these questions helps to improve the public’s understanding about ADHD and encourages individuals and families to pursue proven treatment options,” said CHADD COO April Gower-Getz. “ADHD is one of the most studied brain-based conditions. Getting reliable answers helps people to make decisions that improve their lives.”
“Unaddressed ADHD can have devastating effects on adults with ADHD and their families,” said ADDA President Duane Gordon. “But it doesn’t have to be this way.”
ADHD Awareness Month is Sponsored by Leading Organizations
CHADD, ACO, and ADDA represent the more than 17 million Americans affected by ADHD. Partnering with them this year is ADHD Europe, which advocates for the rights and dignities of those affected by ADHD throughout the European community.
“We must bring awareness and reliable information about ADHD to the international community,” said CHADD CEO Robert Cattoi. “We envision a world that empowers all people with ADHD, without judgment or stigma. A world where every person with ADHD is encouraged to use their strengths. Where all are free to ask for support and to seek appropriate treatment. At CHADD, we are committed to providing the latest evidence-based information. As home to the CDC-funded National Resource Center on ADHD, CHADD has the experts to review the science, and provide easy-to-understand descriptions for parents, adults, teachers, and other caregivers.”
“ADDA is committed to ADHD awareness because we want to live in a world that values inclusion, embraces neurodiversity and celebrates ADHD,” said Mr. Gordon. “We’re working to make it possible for adults with ADHD to thrive by providing online education and support in a welcoming and safe environment.”
“The goal of ADHD Awareness Month is to raise awareness, provide reliable information, remove the stigma, and highlight the available supports that enable individuals and families to thrive with ADHD,” said ACO President Tamara Rosier, PhD. “At ACO, we are dedicated to sharing information about various treatment options for ADHD, supporting the continued professionalism of ADHD coaches, as well as providing to the public the most comprehensive list of Professional ADHD Coaches anywhere.”
Random Drawing for Creative Submissions
As part of awareness month community engagement, the ADHD Awareness Coalition is hosting a drawing for ReadyRocker chairback rockers. To enter, community members can share their inspiring ADHD memes, ADHD stories, and ADHD art. Submissions will be entered into a random drawing for valuable prizes offered by ReadyRocker, ADDA, ACO, and CHADD. In addition to the chairback rockers, prizes may include a year’s membership to ADDA and CHADD, as well as several ADHD coaching/consulting sessions. All submissions must be received by October 28 to be entered into
the drawing. The drawing will be at random and winners will be notified individually by November 2, 2020. One prize per winner; not all entries will win.
Favorite submissions will be highlighted on the ADHD Awareness Month Facebook page, Twitter, and website.
To learn more and to submit your art, story, or meme, visit the ADHD Awareness Month at ADHDAwarenessMonth.org.