Fewer than half of individuals with ADHD seek treatment, according to a study published in August in Psychiatric Services.
Researchers used the 2001 to 2002 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC) and the 2004 to 2005 follow-up survey. The NESARC is a nationally representative sample othe adult US population. A total study sample of 34,653 adults had face-to-face interviews.
Approximately 46% of those with lifetime ADHD reported having sought treatment for the disorder.
The estimated median delay to treatment seeking from ADHD onset is longer than 20 years. The study did not look at undiagnosed Adult ADHD which clearly remains a huge public health issue.
At the Atlanta Center for ADULT ADHD, we are striving to improve patient access to ADHD diagnostic and treatment services in our metro area.