Video: Comedian Rick Green shares his personal experience with ADHD.
Video: Jenn Killin speaks to her personal experience as a mother with a child who has ADHD.
Awareness Week is October 14th to 20th and CADDAC is asking all Canadians to Get Real, Get Informed and
Recognize the COST of ADHD
MARKHAM, ON, Oct. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - To mark ADHD Awareness Week, the
Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC) unveiled a new Canadian paper
that demonstrates the far-reaching economic impact of Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The research shows that the disorder
impacts Canadian society well beyond its effect on individuals and
their families, with a significant effect on human and social capital,
on increased socioeconomic costs for Canada, on increased costs to
healthcare, education, labour and social services, and on increased
costs to the justice system. The paper was sent to provincial and
federal legislative representatives across Canada this past summer.
"What we need to know is that the continued misinformation and
undeserved stigma that haunts ADHD increases the continuing costs that
under diagnosis and under treatment fuel," says Heidi Bernhardt,
President and Executive Director at CADDAC.
The paper reviews some of the known costs of ADHD and indicates where
the Canadian and provincial governments are affected by ongoing
significant long-term costs.
Canada loses an estimated $6 billion to $11 billion annually through
loss of workplace productivity.
The Canadian cost of illness extrapolated at over $7 billion, exceeds
the cost of major depressive disorders.
Individuals with ADHD are more likely to enter the workforce as
unskilled or semi-skilled workers; have greater periods of
unemployment; change jobs more frequently; and earn considerably less
money over their lifetime.
There is a direct correlation in terms of increasing healthcare costs.
The impact of ADHD on Canadian social services continues to escalate.
Mark Stabile, Director of the School of Public Policy and Professor at
the Rotman School, U of T, comments on the paper, "ADHD really does
affect a large number of children. As the report shows, the
consequences, in terms of their ability to do well in school and then
lead productive lives are really quite substantial."
Dr. Rosemary Tannock, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Special Education,
University of Toronto & Senior Scientist, Neuroscience & Mental Health
Research Program, The Hospital for Sick Children builds on Mark's
comment by saying, "The fiscal impact of this prevalent and impairing
neurodevelopmental condition (ADHD) is largely attributable to the
lower educational attainment in this population, which increases the
risk for a lifetime of decreased quality of life, increased
health problems and reduced earnings, and hence increased societal
costs. National and provincial investment in educational
intervention in ADHD that allows more youngsters with ADHD to achieve
their educational potential will improve their quality of life and
societal contributions, thereby yielding a positive rate of return."
And while medical research on ADHD continues to make great strides, ADHD
continues to be the most under-recognized, yet treatable psychiatric
disorder in Canada. Results from a recent general population survey,
reveal that there are still too many knowledge gaps when it comes to
In fact, most Canadians don't GET ADHD, with only 12 per cent of survey respondents indicating that a
child presenting with 'hyperactive/impulsive symptoms' may have ADHD.
Instead, 27 per cent believe that parents employ poor discipline, 18
per cent suggest insufficient physical exercise and 17 per cent believe
it is a result of being over-tired.
Other survey findings include:
36 per cent of Canadians FALSELY believe that children outgrow ADHD.
Regrettably ONLY 40 per cent of Canadians think that a person with ADHD
can be successful at home, work and school with proper support.
Even worse, the 20 per cent who feel that the person with ADHD will
always struggle could be right IF proper treatment is not available.
This continued lack of understanding of ADHD perpetuates the under
diagnosis and treatment of ADHD; up to 90 per cent of adults with the
disorder remain untreated; and feeds the continued stigma and isolation
of families dealing with ADHD.
"As well as supporting and advocating for families with ADHD, our goal
as an organization is to continually drive the ADHD discussion in the
general public as well as all levels of government," says Heidi
Bernhardt. "We know that the significant impacts of the disorder are
not being taken into account by our governments, so during ADHD
Awareness Week, CADDAC is asking families and individuals to let their
government know that ADHD is an important issue for them. Helpful
advice on how to do this can be found on the ADHD Awareness Week
CADDAC AND ADHD ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS CANADA ARE SUPPORTING THE
SOCIOECONOMIC PAPER AND WANT ACTION FOR ADHD.
They believe that when governments invest in the provision of adequate
diagnostic, and multimodal treatments for ADHD, substantial economic
and social benefits will follow.
As a next step, CADDAC is asking for:
Health Ministries across the country formally recognize ADHD as a
developmental and health risk.
Education as well as Training, University and College Ministries
recognize ADHD as a developmental and academic risk.
Justice and Corrections Ministries recognize ADHD as a risk to becoming
involved in the justice system and continuing as repeat offenders.
Ministry of Labour and employment recognize ADHD as a risk factor for
unemployment and under employment.
Ministries of Social Service recognize that untreated ADHD can impact
ABOUT ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD)
Affecting over one million Canadians, ADHD is the most prevalent
childhood mental health disorder in the country. It is not gender
specific1 and affects both children and adults. Those with ADHD need not be
defined by the disorder. While there is no cure, most people who manage
their ADHD with appropriate treatments can be successful in school,
work and relationships, and live productive lives.
CADDAC is a national not-for-profit organization that provides
leadership in education, awareness and advocacy for ADHD organizations
and individuals with ADHD across Canada. CADDAC provides a wide-range
of information for, parents, adults, children/adolescents, educators
and health care providers on its website, www.caddac.ca, as well as information on our up-coming conference and future
For more information on ADHD Awareness Week, visit www.adhdawarenessweek.ca or to read the white paper, please visit: www.caddac.ca
1 CADDAC. www.caddac.ca/cms/page.php?67
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SOURCE: Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC)
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