Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is commonly found in children at an early age and is not gender specific. However, studies have shown that ADHD is 2-3 times more likely to occur in boys than in girls. Since there is a difference in the amount of research and treatment that is specific to boys, the impact of ADHD in girls is not as understood.
Understanding ADHD in Girls:
Typically, research compares ADHD in boys to ADHD in girls. But to get a better understanding of ADHD in girls, one should compare girls with ADHD to girls without ADHD.
ADHD often exists alongside other disorders such as oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), conduct disorder (CD), anxiety disorders (eg, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety), and depressive disorders (eg, major depression).
Girls with ADHD have a higher chance of developing depression or anxiety which are not as easy to identify. It was found that girls with ADHD are more likely to develop these disorders in addition to ADHD. Together, these disorders can impact the child all the way through adulthood.
Assessment and Early Intervention
Early intervention and diagnosis are key to the child’s success. This is especially important when the child is less likely to show typical behaviors of the disorder.
Due to ADHD and other disorders existing at the same time in girls, it is important that the child receives treatment for both ADHD and other symptoms. These symptoms can be observed and diagnosed in a clinic. The earlier these symptoms are addressed, the better the chance is that the child can be successful in their everyday life.
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