Child and adolescent mental health

Hyperkinetic disorders

Hyperkinetic disorders National prevalence in 2004 Estimated local absolute number *
National and estimated local prevalence of Hyperkinetic Disorders
5-10 yrs old 1.6% 293
11-16 yrs old 1.4% 259
5-16 yrs old 1.5% 552

*Estimate for Central Bedfordshire based on local population numbers (rounded figures) National Estimate from Mental health of children and young people in Great Britain 2004 (latest data)

  • It is difficult to establish time trends in ADHD due to increasing awareness of the diagnosis leading to apparent increasing prevalence. Prevalence estimates are very sensitive to diagnostic classification used.
  • ADHD is thought to be associated with psychosocial adversity. Therefore it would be expected to be associated with areas of higher social deprivation.

Last updated Friday, 22nd April 2016