When childhood ADHD continues into adulthood

Published March 28, 2019

According to a Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Health of America® report, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is most prevalent among middle school-aged children (11-13 years old), and boys are diagnosed about twice as much as girls. Frank South knows firsthand the challenges of living with ADHD but his condition was undiagnosed until he was an adult. His life was filled with ups and downs as he tried to manage his ability to focus and stay organized. Frank is now a successful writer and TV producer.

With ADHD diagnosis on the rise, it is crucial to better understand the impact of this condition on the health of American children. In this episode of Second Opinion, Frank talks about how his diagnosis was discovered only after his son was tested. He hopes his story will lead to more people learning how to manage the condition and lead to a healthier and productive life.

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The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) is the sponsor of Second Opinion.  BCBSA is an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. Second Opinion is produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting, West 175 Productions and the University of Rochester Medical Center, and is distributed by American Public Television.