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Why ADHD is often missed in women

When most people think of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), a very particular image comes to mind. Specifically, a young boy wreaking havoc in the classroom – running around, disrupting his classmates and interrupting the teacher. They don’t necessarily think of the young girl daydreaming in the corner, still less an adult woman who has dealt with certain misconceptions her entire life.

With the condition often typified as a male disorder, many girls with ADHD remain undiagnosed. In the UK, ADHD is thought to affect 5% of school-aged children, with a male-to-female ratio of 4:1. However, the actual gender balance may be much more even. Since the condition often presents differently in girls, many girls and women struggle on by themselves, without seeking help.

 

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