ADHD and girls: a hidden epidemic
ADHD often looks different in girls. As a result, girls with ADHD often go unnoticed and untreated. This has profound impacts for the rest of their lives.
There are three types of ADHD, and most folks don't know that. One type includes inattentive and hyperactive symptoms. Our stereotype is a young boy bouncing off the walls, as perpetuated by the media. The other two have either inattention or hyperactivity, not both. Girls much more often than boys have the inattentive type only. As a result, girls with ADHD who are not hyperactive are overlooked. They are dismissed as academically deficient or given other degrading labels, when in actuality, medical and therapeutic treatment for ADHD could produce a real change.
The following articles offer a deeper perspective, and are quite shocking:
Click here for an article from The Atlantic Monthly
Click here for an article from NPR