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We Are Not A Few

How it all adds up …

In the U.S.A. there are 6.1 million children between the ages of two and seventeen who have been diagnosed with ADHD.

At the wonderful age of eighteen, no one is suddenly cured, they just become someone with Adult ADHD.

So there are more people in the States with ADHD than just a few.

By current accepted figures, 70 percent of children with ADHD retain the disorder when they reach adulthood.

I would argue with that …

The idea that you can grow out of a genetic difference is rather laughable in my opinion, but let’s accept the figure for the purpose of calculations.

That means that there are 4.2 million Americans with ADHD that are between the age of 18 and thirty-two.

A state of mind?

The state of Missouri has roughly the same population as the number of children with ADHD.

Oregon is close enough in population size to represent adults with ADHD between the ages of 18 and thirty-two.

Beyond that age there are progressively less people with a diagnosis because the diagnosis was not available for many of us when we were young enough to be caught in the system. We were just considered lazy and stupid.

Another STATEment …

North Carolina has a population of 10.3 million people, the equivalent population of people with ADHD in the States between the ages of 2 and thirty-two.

The average life expectancy on an American citizen is approximately seventy-nine years. That means we’re not accounting for people between the ages of thirty-two and seventy-nine, a span of 47 year, three times the number of years that the 10.3 million ADHDers previously mentioned span.

Let’s pretend that that age group is about half as likely to have ADHD as the younger cohort. That makes for an additional 5.1 million people with ADHD, and that number is likely light.

So …

Let’s say we’re now at 15.4 million people in the United States of America that have ADHD. That is a population greater than the state of Pennsylvania, even greater than Pennsylvania if they annexed New Mexico.

That’s a group of people greater than the population of Greece, greater than Cuba, greater than Zimbabwe even.

World wide issue

Approximately 51.1 million people world wide are presumed to have ADHD. That’s a group of people the size of the population of South Korea.

And there are discrepancies in diagnosis, males are twice as likely to be diagnosed not because they are twice as likely to have ADHD but because of the different ways symptoms often manifest in women.

Listen …

We are not a few people.

And we are not deficient, we are not disabled by ADHD.

We are challenged in some ways and the diversity of this disorder’s effects means it’s hard to solve the riddles with one answer that suits all of us.

But we are many, and we are valuable.


We deserve respect, as a group and as individuals.

And we can begin by respecting ourselves.

If I had the authority I’d make that an order.

We Are Not A Few

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2019). We Are Not A Few. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 6, 2020, from


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