The lifetime costs of ADHD

11 November 2014

Branden Khong, with a summary and commentary by Michael Parsonage

11 November 2014

ADHD is a childhood behavioural disorder that features high levels of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. It is calculated to affect 1.5% of children aged 5-16 in Britain.

ADHD imposes a very substantial long-term cost on society, estimated at around £100,000 per case. About two-thirds of the cost takes the form of additional public expenditure on education and health care, with the remainder being reflected in reduced earnings.

The high costs of ADHD support an economic case for early intervention. But despite most families seeking help, only a minority of children receive the appropriate treatment.

Audience: Policy makers, commissioners.

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