ADD (ADHD): Often Missed in Girls
Research indicates that awareness about Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity
in girls and women is very low. Alarmingly, some studies estimate
that as many as 50% to 75% of girls with the disorder are
missed. As a result, many girls and women with ADD (ADHD)
suffer in silence, giving in to frustration and low self-esteem.
Are you treating a girl that you think may have ADD (ADHD)?
Below is a brief questionnaire that can be used as an initial
screening device when assessing a girl for ADD (ADHD). (Other,
more extensive questionnaires for girls are available - see
resources listed below.)
While children who do not have ADD (ADHD) can occasionally
demonstrate some of these behaviors, children with ADD (ADHD)
exhibit them chronically and across multiple settings, impairing
the child's ability to function academically or socially on
a daily basis.
Resources for girls with AD/HD:
More information about girls with ADD (ADHD), including
separate age-appropriate checklists from preschool through
high school can be found in Understanding
Girls with ADHD by Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D., Ellen Littman,
Ph.D. and Patricia Quinn, M.D.