Australia skips ADHD diagnosis epidemic: expert

Nearly one in five teenagers in the US and 11% of school children overall have received ADHD diagnoses, which have soared by 41% in the last decade, US government data shows.

In comparison, 3–5% of Australian children have been diagnosed with the inattentive type of ADHD and between 1–3% with the combined type, which includes hyperactive and impulsive cases.

Dr Daryl Efron, a consultant paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne,