Often girls and women are diagnosed later in life as they do not show “typical” ADHD traits.
Girls with ADHD are often inattentive, but may or may not have obvious difficulties with impulsiveness or hyperactivity. While some girls and women with ADHD may be seen as tomboys and are described as more outgoing, most are described as daydreamers. In fact, a number of girls with ADHD may not show any behaviour difficulties at school.
Additionally, anxiety is a common experience in girls and women with ADHD, as they often have difficulty fitting in with society’s expectations for their gender. They may also experience anxiety due to the increased responsibility of taking care of a family.
This section provides resources to help you understand and support your daughter with her ADHD.
- ADHD and Girls (Podcast)
- The Secret Life of Girls with ADHD. Ellen Littman, PhD. This article by Dr. Littman appeared in the December 2012 issue of Attention magazine and looks at how ADHD presents itself in girls. (PDF)
- ADD Women and Girls: Late Diagnosis, Little Treatment. ADDitude. By Maureen Connolly. (Website)
- ADHD in Girls: How to Recognize the Symptoms. How To ADHD. (YouTube)