ADHD is a condition that affects people of all genders, but it is often diagnosed more often in boys than in girls. This is because ADHD can manifest differently in boys and girls. Boys are more likely to exhibit impulsive, hyperactive, and externalized traits, while girls are more likely to exhibit inattentive, internalized traits. As a result, girls are often diagnosed at older ages than boys, and are less likely to be referred for support or treatment.
If you are concerned that your daughter may have ADHD, it is important to be aware of the different ways that ADHD can present in girls. By knowing what to look for, you can help to ensure that your daughter or student receives the support and treatment they need.
Boys and girls can show a few of the same signs of ADHD, but you can identify the differences:|
Perceived as overly sensitive or emotional.|
Blurt out answers|
Have difficulty following instructions|
Have difficulty sitting still|
Have difficulty staying on task|
Have difficulty paying attention to details|
May not be as disruptive in the classroom|
It is important to note that these are just generalizations, and there is a great deal of individual variation in how ADHD presents in both boys and girls. Some boys may have inattentive symptoms, and some girls may have hyperactive symptoms. Additionally, the severity of ADHD symptoms can vary widely from person to person.
It’s interesting to know that teenage girls with ADHD often try to compensate for their symptoms by focusing all their energy on their strengths. This behavior is not as common in boys. While excelling in one area can be a source of pride, it can make it tough to recognize difficulties in other areas. For example, a teenage girl with ADHD who is a good writer may become so focused on acing a writing assignment that she forgets to walk the dog, misplaces her math test, or misses softball practice. Even though she may have good grades, her drive for success and perfectionism can lead to a lot of stress.
If you are concerned that your child may have ADHD, it is important to talk to a doctor or mental health professional for a diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
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