Dr Scott B. McCabe

ADHD & Women

Generally we believe that boys are more likely to have problems with ADHD than are girls. Indeed, boys are three or four times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ADHD. This may be in part because hyperactivity in the classroom is most often likely to be identified as problematic and is more commonly associated with boys than girls. New research shows that girls are almost as likely as boys to have ADHD, although they more typically have inattentive type ADHD (ADHD-predominantly inattentive presentation according to DSM-5). Inattentive ADHD (what most people refer to as ADD) is associated with inattention, distraction, trouble focusing, and disorganization. In individuals who are well behaved in the classroom and don’t cause trouble, often failed to get identified. That is, they “fly under the radar” and this is more commonly associated with girls’ behaviour that boys. Many individuals who come to this practice in their teens during high school or college/university have often never been identified because they are primarily inattentive and their difficulties are less likely to be identified as children. However, they notice extreme difficulties with the independent work associated with high school or post-secondary education. Girls with ADHD who are not identified frequently grow up with problems with low self-esteem, anxiety, and even depression; they believe their ADHD symptoms are personal faults until they get a diagnosis. Once diagnosed and an appropriate treatment is recommended, things can dramatically change. If you are having difficulties, call and make an appointment to come and see us to determine the source of the problem in order to identify proper treatment (519) 880-2178.

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Dr. Scott B. McCabe
February 24, 2018
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