ADHD Is Often Overlooked In Girls And Women
50%-75% of ADHD cases in girls are missed
FACTS ABOUT ADHD AND WOMEN
What is ADHD?
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders, affecting about 10% percent of children and around 5% percent of adults in the United States.
What Are The Symptoms Of ADHD?
- Inattention (not being able to keep focus)
- Hyperactivity (excess movement that is not fitting to the setting)
- Impulsivity (hasty acts that occur in the moment without thought)
How Can We Treat Women With ADHD?
- 4 out of 10 teachers report more difficulty in recognizing ADHD symptoms in girls than in boys (National Center for Gender Issues and ADHD).
- The fastest growing population undergoing treatment for ADHD is adult women ages 24 to 36 (Kaleidoscope Society).
- By adulthood, most women with ADHD have at least one comorbid disorder that can complicate ADHD symptoms, including anxiety, bipolar disorder, and depression (National Comorbidity Survey Replication, American Journal of Psychiatry).
- Males are almost three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than females (National institute of Mental Health).
- It’s estimated that as many as 50 to 75 percent of cases of ADHD in girls are missed (Healthline).