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Why it may be harder to diagnose young girls with ADHD

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Center for Disease Control estimates 6.7 million kids across the United States are affected by ADHD. While clinical psychologists say boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed with the disorder than girls, the number of adults who suffer from it is about even. So why the disparity?

Experts say it may be because young girls are less likely to be diagnosed than boys, because symptoms of the disorder can be harder to spot . 

For example, a hyperactive boy might have trouble sitting in his seat, and tht may result in him being unruly. A hyperactive girl, however, might take on the role of classroom helper; channeling the behavior into other activities.

because hyperactive and impulsive behaviors typically show by boys are more disruptive, teachers are more likely to notice a boy's behavior as "problematic," which could lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment. 

Here are a few signs to look out for in young girls who may have ADHD:

  • Their homework takes longer than it should
  • They may have weak reading comprehension
  • They may struggle to make friends or read social cues
  • They may start a project without finishing or following through

 


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