The Rise of ADHD Diagnosis in Girls

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Historically, ADHD has been thought of as a male disorder, but a recent study found that ADHD affects more girls than boys. The study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry reported a 55 percent increase in ADHD diagnosis in girls as compared to 40 percent in boys. 

Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, PhD, Lead Psychologist of the Anxiety Behaviors Clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, authored a guest blog post for the Healthy Kids blog with a summary of the findings. She also discussed the reasons behind the increase and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.

Left undiagnosed and untreated, ADHD in girls has devastating consequences in adolescence and young adulthood. Universal screening for ADHD for boys and girls can help detect ADHD symptoms early, and girls (and boys) can be referred for more comprehensive evaluation and treatment.

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