Girls with ADHD are harder to spot than boys. Here are the signs to look for, as well the differences in girls versus boys with ADHD.
This article touches on, but does not explain fully, or do justice to, the extent of our misunderstanding or neglect of girls' behavior in schools. In my experience, girls actually care whether or not they are able to organize their time and materials. They want to follow through, and they get sad, upset and even depressed when they fail. These feeling manifest in subtle way or are are directed inward in contrast to boys who tend to manifest outwardly. I worry that girls who are treated for mood disorders, anxiety or depression ought to be carefully evaluated for ADHD. These emotional issues may be symptoms of an underlying inability to perform satisfactorily in school and at home. --Lou
"....“The diagnosis should be 50-50 between boys and girls,” says Quinn. So the big question is, why isn’t it?
One major reason is that girls’ symptoms manifest differently. “ADHD doesn’t show up in the same ways in girls,” says Kathleen Nadeau, a clinical psychologist in Silver Spring, Maryland, and coauthor of Understanding Girls with AD/HD. For instance, girls are much less likely to display hyperactive or impulsive symptoms. Instead, they may just appear “spacey,” unfocused, or inattentive. Or they may have trouble staying organized or remembering directions or homework.
But even when these symptoms are clearly present, ADHD may be missed. Nadeau puts it bluntly, “Girls are less likely to be referred because they cause fewer problems in the classroom.” Socialized to please their teachers and parents, girls can be very good at compensating for the disorder, making it much harder to spot. When teachers do see it, says Nadeau, “[girls’] behavior is often misunderstood as immaturity or lack of academic ability rather than as ADHD.”..."