New research shows that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is diagnosed in more than ten percent of children. Now, you’ve heard the stories of hyperactive boys getting into trouble, but the most recent statistics suggest ADHD is an equal opportunity problem. Nearly as many girls suffer from the condition, but many aren’t diagnosed.
Researchers believe boys are diagnosed more because of their higher profile physical symptoms. Girls tend to struggle with forgetfulness, being easily distracted, losing or misplacing things, disorganization, poor follow-through with assignments or tasks, paying attention, or display aggression passively. Or they can simply act like “space cadets.”
If you are the parent of a young girl and have any concerns, talk to her doctor. If your daughter has undiagnosed ADHD, your attention to the matter will put her on a path to a healthier, happier life.
NOTE: I’ve co-authored a best-selling book on the topic, Why ADHD Doesn’t Mean Disaster.
In addition, here are some more of my blogs on this topic:
- Sermon – “Why ADHD Doesn’t Mean Disaster”
- ADHD – Information for parents
- USA Today calls for educating parents, teachers on benefits and risks of ADHD treatments
- Most ADHD Kids Have Multiple Conditions, Study Says
- ADHD drugs have no long-term growth effects: study
- ADHD medication abuse rising among students
- FDA warns of fake version of ADHD medication
- Pediatric Study: ‘Healthy’ Diet Best for ADHD Kids
- Elimination diet may benefit some young children with ADHD
- 9 Food Additives That May Affect ADHD
- Sleep-disordered breathing in children associated with ADHD symptoms
- Untreated teens with ADHD at risk behind the wheel
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