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Girls and ADHD

ADHD in girls often goes unnoticed, they are often likely to ‘daydream’ and ‘zone out’, consequently going unnoticed by teachers who are more likely to notice the hyperactive child who is restless in class.

According to national statistics, ADHD is more likely to be diagnosed among males than females. This has led to girls and women with ADHD slipping through the net as professionals are more alert to the symptoms and presentation of ADHD amongst boys. Girls are also less likely to be referred to CAMHS than boys and therefore they continue to face the consequences of undiagnosed ADHD and are at risk of a range of poor outcomes, including poor academic achievements, unplanned pregnancy, relationship difficulties and occupational challenges. Research has identified females are more likely to experience predominantly inattentive symptoms than boys, which may be part of the reason why ADHD among females can be missed. 

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