Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Girls with ADHD--

Girls with ADHD often have quieter, less obvious symptoms than boys. How can you help your daughter succeed at school, form healthy relationships and get the proper ADHD treatment?
Everyone thinks running around, fidgeting and interrupting others are typical symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). And they are – in boys.

But girls with ADHD often behave differently. They’re forgetful, distracted and may sit quietly in class but not listen to the teacher. They tend not to follow directions and may make careless mistakes.

Symptoms of hyperactivity in girls are often expressed through constant talking rather than running about,
“Since they’re often less defiant and cause less trouble than boys, [girls are] more likely to be overlooked and not get the help they need,” says Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D., director of the Chesapeake ADHD Center of Maryland in Silver Spring.

About half of girls with ADHD have the “predominantly inattentive” type, compared to 20% of boys, Dr. Vitiello says.

And students who struggle with attention problems are more likely than hyperactive kids to fail in school, says Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, who has conducted long-term research on girls with ADHD.


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