Women. We are smart, strong, courageous, and so much more. Our achievements are numerous and we have significantly impacted history. Our victories and achievements did not come without great struggle and adversity.
Currently, girls with ADHD struggle in the early detection and treatment of ADHD. Katherine Ellison wrote an amazing article for Additude Magazine explaining why ADHD is so frequently missed in girls and women and how we can help the next generation. Check out these great tips.
Each Gender Is Different: In today’s classroom, boys are typically diagnosed with ADHD at a ratio of 3 to 1. This is because they show completely different symptoms than the symptoms shown by girls. Boys tend to be more hyperactive, impulsive and aggressive. This can lead to more disruptions in the classroom thus necessitating interventions to be implemented (i.e. trips to the doctor, or behavioral therapy) as the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
Girls fall under the ADHD radar because their symptoms are not as evident. They are labeled as being easily forgetful, a daydreamer, or very talkative. They do not seem to cause disturbances in the classroom, and so they are not evaluated for attention issues. There is also a negative stigma for a girl who is not organized, attentive or does not behave properly. Society has made it difficult for girls to reach out for help. Instead of addressing the problem of ADHD, self coping mechanisms are then implemented. This leads to being diagnosed later in adulthood as women struggle to further their careers or enter motherhood. When they are finally able to receive help, it is always the same issue, “I wish I would have known about this sooner.” Getting help and taking control of your ADHD at an earlier age can literally change your life. If you notice your daughter or if you are experiencing any attention issues, please speak to a professional and seek the proper help.
Not Just Moody: We understand that ADHD is comorbid with other conditions such as anxiety or depression, but that is not always the case in the diagnosis for girls and women. Girls are oftentimes diagnosed with mood disorders, but their ADHD or attention problems are overlooked. This is because the symptoms are not as evident. The doctors prescribe medication or solutions for the mood disorder, but overlook what could be done to help with the ADHD. It is important to speak with your doctor if you or your daughter have anxiety, depression, or OCD to see if that is the only root cause or if ADHD may also be present.
It May Run In The Family: ADHD is likely hereditary. If you are a parent and have a child that has been experiencing ADHD symptoms. You may also want to speak to your doctor. Parents are starting to become diagnosed later in life because they see what their children are going through and recall similar experiences. It may have been overlooked in your parents, and you may have also been overlooked, but it is never too late to take control of your life and ADHD symptoms.
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