Most people associate ADHD with boys, but ADHD in girls may be more common than previously thought. Some studies indicate that perhaps as many as 50% to 70% of girls with ADHD are undiagnosed.
One reason is that boys with ADHD are usually easier to identify because they often display disruptive behavior that quickly garners the attention of parents and teachers.
This is one of the reasons why boys tend be diagnosed earlier than girls. (Boys are most often diagnosed around age 7 while girls are most often diagnosed around age 12.)
Girls with ADHD, on the other hand, tend to represent as "daydreamers", disorganized, messy, and can be highly talkative. Because of this, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in girls tends to go undiagnosed.
Sadly, the danger is that while ADHD is a treatable condition, a large number of patients remain untreated and suffer into adulthood.
Without proper intervention, girls with ADHD are less likely to reach their full potential, and those with ADHD run an increased risk of developing depression, anxiety, and substance abuse disorders.
Signs and symptoms of ADHD can include: talking non-stop, interrupting conversations, impulsive behavior, lack of focus, poor school performance, and inability to stay on task.
Prominent hallmark ADHD symptoms also include hyperactive behavior, daydreaming, trouble paying attention in class, messiness, lack of organization. See the full list of ADHD symptoms.
If your child is displaying the above symptoms and you fear your child may be suffering from ADHD, take this ADHD Self Test.
In my experience as a doctor who treats ADHD, and as the mother of a son with ADHD, the ADHD Breakthrough Program is the gold standard of ADD treatment programs. It teaches parents everything about ADHD, how to manage challenging behaviors, and how to improve focus and attention.
Research Gender Gap: A Call For Improvement
Most research on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is conducted with boys, but doing so only addresses half of the equation. As a result, more research involving girls with ADHD is vital to developing effective understanding and treatment.
The evidence suggests that we have much to improve upon in recognizing and treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in girls. However, with growing awareness parents, teachers, and treating professionals can begin to provide much needed services to those in need.