Experts estimate that between 5 and 7 percent of school children suffer from this disorder, which negatively affects their academic performance and increases the risk of suffering depression. ADHD is a chronic disorder that affects 60% of adults who suffered during their childhood, who often have work difficulties and even develop antisocial or criminal behavior.
People affected by ADHD have an impulsive behavior, with an excess of activity, lack of motivation and lack of attention. Their behavior brings them numerous problems, such as school failure in childhood and adolescence, lack of social integration, difficulties finding and keeping a job, or more possibilities of developing criminal behavior and addictions (drugs, alcohol, tobacco ...) and suffering accidents. traffic, among others.
In addition, a study from the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh, published in 'Archives of General Psychiatry' has revealed that children diagnosed early ADHD are ten times more likely to suffer depression during their adolescence than those who do not suffer from the disorder , and they also run more risk of committing suicide.
ADHD has no cure at the moment, but you can control your symptoms with proper treatment, which usually consists of a combination of drugs and behavioral psychotherapy. Early detection of the disease is vital to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
In spite of the high prevalence of this pathology, its late diagnosis and the ignorance of the population about the disorder mean that those affected are frequently rejected by the people around them. To explain what this disease consists of and achieve the social integration of those affected, it was held (3-11 October 2010) III European Week of Awareness about ADHD, with the motto "But what is ADHD?".
During the celebration of this event, the Spanish Federation of Attention Deficit Assistance Associations (FEAADAH) has presented a manifesto that includes a series of petitions, among which it is necessary that those responsible for Education guarantee the right to equality of all school-age children affected by ADHD, through norms that expressly recognize their specific educational support needs, and that the drugs indicated for the treatment of ADHD are included in the reduced contribution group of beneficiaries, taking into account that it is a chronic condition.