ADHD Underdiagnosed in Girls

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Date: Apr. 1, 2000
From: Family Practice News(Vol. 30, Issue 7)
Publisher: Jobson Medical Information LLC
Document Type: Article
Length: 624 words

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Despite the media frenzy focused on attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, it's clear that we've done an inadequate job educating teachers, parents, and others about this diagnosis among girls.

Girls with the condition are dramatically underdiagnosed and untreated. In fact, we may be missing as many as 75% of girls with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). For every 10 boys diagnosed with ADHD, only 1 girl is diagnosed with the condition.

Much of the problem is that ADHD among girls is predominantly inattentive type, which is all too easily overlooked because its internalized symptoms are hidden from view.

Instead of rowdily disrupting classrooms, the typical girl with inattentive-type ADHD is quietly daydreaming. She's not doing poorly enough in school to be raising red flags by failing, but because of her passivity in the academic arena she is not reaching her full potential either.

In fact inattentive-type girls with superior IQs and no learning disabilities are the last ones to...

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