Disease State Information

ADHD is prevalent and can have a profound impact

According to DSM-5, ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity that interferes with functioning and/or development1. ADHD can have a profound impact on an individual’s life, causing disruption at school, work, home, and in relationships. It is one of the most common developmental disorders in children and often persists into adulthood. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 11% of children in the United States ages 4 to 17 had previously received an ADHD diagnosis in 20112. A 2006 study estimated 4.4% of adults in the United States experience ADHD symptoms3. Current ADHD treatment guidelines recommend a multi-faceted approach that uses medications in conjunction with behavioral interventions2. The majority of these medications are in the form of tablets or capsules.

  1. American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed.Washington, DC: Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association; 2013.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ADHD Data & Statistics. CDC.gov website. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/data.html. Accessed July 9, 2015.
  3. Kessler R, Adler L, Barkley R, et al. The prevalence and correlates of adult ADHD in the United States: results from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Am J Psychiatry. 2006;163(4): 716-723.
  4. Symphony Health Solutions. Pharmaceutical Audit Suite, Monthly. January 2014 – December 2014. Market definition defined by Neos Therapeutics, Inc.