I previously stated in one of my blogs that girls are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD at a later age. Why is this? It’s because that almost all ADHD research has been based exclusively on male subjects. ADHD presents itself vastly differently in women, something that many experts are just now starting to realize. Males are almost three times as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD at a young age than females.
What is the difference of ADHD in girls versus boys? Well let’s look at the different types of ADHD. There are three types of ADHD, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive, Predominantly Inattentive, and Combined. Girls are more likely to have either inattentive or combined ADHD, which is must less noticeable than Hyperactive-Impulsive, which is most commonly found in boys. Personally, I have combined typed ADHD and my impulsiveness is more shown through my speech than through my actions.
The reason why inattentive flies under the radar is because it’s not disruptive. Teachers assume the children are just lazy or day dreamers, more unwilling to pay attention in class than unable. So they stay undiagnosed and are labeled as lazy and stupid instead of getting the proper help they need. But now that people have started to recognize this, hopefully the huge difference in diagnosis between girls and boys will be more equal in the coming years because ADHD is just a prevalent in girls as it is in boys. Hopefully girls will be able to get help at a much younger age so they won’t have to suffer in their early 20s like so many girls have.