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ADHD in Girls


Welcome back to the PTN Blog.


If you are just joining us, welcome to our Playful Family.

Last week, we began our segment on the world of ADHD, and this week, we intend to continue.

Before we begin, let's do a short recap, shall we?

Last week, we learned that:

  • The acronym ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

  • Both adults and children can suffer from ADHD, and it is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood.

  • Symptoms of ADHD differ between genders.

Now that our brains have been refreshed, let's get into it.

Today, we are looking at ADHD in girls.

That doesn't mean you gents should log out just yet - stick around, and you may learn a thing or two.


Back to the ladies.


You know how "early to bed, early to rise" never seems to apply to you? No matter the time you wake up, you'll end up leaving the house five minutes before you're supposed to?

Or when you're told to wash the dishes, that's when you notice the cobwebs in the corner of your room and the fact that your door frame is askew.

Well, it turns out you're not lazy. You may just have ADHD.

Due to how symptoms of ADHD in girls are manifested, they are less likely to be diagnosed and treated.


Let's get into the statistics of things, shall we?


Statistics

ADHD has been stereotyped as a disorder that only affects males. This is probably how the saying "boys will be boys" came to be.


A 2018 case study reveals that boys are more than twice as likely to receive an ADHD diagnosis in childhood than girls. For this reason, ADHD in girls is often missed or simply tagged as "personality traits." (J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol, 2018)


So, ladies, the next time someone tries to simply label you as "quirky," you let them know you are much more than that. Look them in the eye and say, "No, I am neurodivergent."

That will really show them.


Those of you in the back asking about diagnosis, I've got you.


Here are some very common signs and symptoms of ADHD in girls:


Signs and Symptoms


1. Attention or lack thereof


Your inability to keep up with long lectures finally makes sense, huh? Or why you spent two hours trying to make sure that picture frame was straight? A girl with ADHD would most likely have a very short attention span or experience long periods of hyper-focus.


2. Always on the move


Girls with ADHD are typically always moving. They tend to never sit still, and they may seem to enjoy physical activities.


3. Impulsivity


A girl with ADHD may speak impulsively, repeatedly change the topic of conversations, or talk excessively.

Yes, your friend is not rude. She just can't help herself.


Diagnosis


Is there a cure?


Although there is no cure for ADHD, girls who suffer from it may consider behavior management techniques, organizational strategies, medication, counseling, and support as the next resort after diagnosis.


To most girls, simply knowing that they have ADHD can be relieving because they no longer have to live with the label of being a "lazy youth."


Well, ladies and gents, this has been fun, but this is as far as my attention span will let me go.


So, I bid you adieu.

But fret not, we will be back at the same time (maybe) next week, same place with more attention-grabbing content for you.

As always, stay playful.


Byeeeeeeeee!

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olusegun deborah
olusegun deborah
Mar 18, 2023

Wao! I love this content.

It's revealing

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