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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.)

I have trouble remembering and following my teachers' directions.
I lose track of things like my house key or my jacket.
I often forget to bring things to school that I need (lunch money, permission slips).
I have difficulty completing school projects and writing assignments.
At home, I get in a lot of arguments and upsets.
Sometimes it feels like I am not good at anything.
I have trouble being on time.
It's hard for me to concentrate when other things are going on around me.
My parents and teachers tell me I need to try harder.
Other kids tease me about being spacey.
I feel different from most other girls.
My room at home is usually very messy.
I talk a lot, even in class when I'm supposed to be quiet.

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.


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