Girls and Women with ADHD

Girls and Women with ADHD

Historically, ADHD has been thought of as a disorder that affects boys. As a result, many girls and women struggling with this disorder have been undiagnosed. Today we understand that many women do have ADHD, and the symptoms often appear differently than in their male counterparts. Because our culture has different social norms for females than for males, often girls and women have different challenges than boys and men with ADHD.

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Women and ADHD - What We Know (WWK) #19. Knowledge of ADHD in women at this time is extremely limited as few studies have been conducted on this population. Women have only recently begun to be diagnosed and treated for ADHD, and today, most of what we know about this population is based on the clinical experience of mental health professionals who have specialized in treating women.

Women and Girls with ADHD - While we know that it is an equal opportunity disorder, we still need greater awareness and understanding of the ways ADHD can impact the lives of girls and women.

Treatments for Women and Girls with ADHD - Read words of wisdom from Patricia Quinn, MD, on treatment issues for women and girls in the transcript of CHADD's Ask the Expert chat.

Girls with ADHD

Are Girls with ADHD Socially Adept? - Are girls with ADHD as socially adept as their peers? The results of the first large study of ADHD in girls was recently published and the results suggest that, like their male peers, girls with ADHD also have social problems.

 Raising Girls with ADHD - Learn how to address many issues for girls with ADHD from clinical psychologist Kathleen Nadeau in CHADD's Ask the Expert chat.

Understanding Preschool Girls with ADHD - Some girls with the hyperactive/impulsive type of ADHD may display the more classic symptoms of increased motor activity and impulsivity; however, not all girls with ADHD present this clear-cut picture. Some may be shy and withdrawn. Others are irritable and dysphoric, with mood swings and temper tantrums.

Elementary School Girls with ADHD - Research studies have documented what clinicians have observed for years—that girls are less aggressive and disruptive than boys and more likely to experience anxiety and depression as they struggle with growing social and academic demands.

High School Girls with ADHD - It seems as if nature and society have conspired to pack the high-school years with so many daunting challenges that even the most adept and well-adjusted adolescent feels overloaded. When ADHD is added to the mix, high school becomes even more challenging, and may even become a destructive experience.

Women with ADHD

ADHD in Women: Do We Have a Complete Picture? - ADHD affects the lives of millions of women, yet few receive the comprehensive treatment needed to alleviate the impact of its symptoms and optimize functioning. Why is this the case?

Diagnosing and Treating Women with ADHD - ADHD is one of the most highly researched childhood psychiatric conditions, however, less than one percent of that research has focused on the issues of girls, and even less research has addressed women with ADHD.

Special Issues for Women with ADHD: Hormonal Fluctuations and Mood Disorders - In addition to coping with the core symptoms that are the hallmark of the disorder, women with ADHD are frequently subjected to fluctuating hormone levels that further complicate the picture by worsening attention and focus or contributing to coexisting mood or behavior disorders.