Quinn PO. Treating adolescent girls and women with ADHD: gender-specific issues

National Center for Gender Issues and ADHD, Wasington, DC 20015, USA.
Journal of Clinical Psychology (Impact Factor: 2.12). 05/2005; 61(5):579-87. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.20121
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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), commonly diagnosed in males, is often a "hidden disorder" in girls and women. This lack of recognition can be partially explained because the symptoms are less overt in females. In addition, coexisting disorders in females are often different from those seen in males who have ADHD. Higher rates of anxiety, mood, and substance disorders, as well as learning disabilities, often complicate the picture. Thus, clinicians are challenged with disentangling the symptoms of ADHD from symptoms of these coexisting conditions. In addition, fluctuating hormone levels may affect ADHD symptoms and treatment in females. Only with gender-sensitive diagnosis and treatment will the public health concern posed by the underdiagnosis of ADHD in females be addressed. This case report of a 23-year-old female illustrates the specific difficulties with the gender-sensitive aspects of the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in females.

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    • "The importance of gender is particularly interesting and might point to differential sex-related etiology in this neurodevelopmental disorder. Furthermore, hyperactivity is frequently a " hidden disorder " in girls [29]. It is well "
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    • "The importance of gender is particularly interesting and might point to differential sex-related etiology in this neurodevelopmental disorder. Furthermore, hyperactivity is frequently a “hidden disorder” in girls [29]. It is well established that the prevalence of ADHD and HD is higher in boys [11, 14]. "
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    • "Women who seek an evaluation for ADHD from community practitioners often do not receive this diagnosis because their history does not fit the stereotypic ADHD patterns of young, hyperactive boys (Quinn, 2008). Women with ADHD not only have higher rates of adolescent pregnancy and substance abuse than non-ADHD mothers (Arnold, 1996; Ninowski , Mash, & Benzies, 2007), but they are also more likely to provide inattentive, inconsistent, or impulsive care giving (Banks, Ninowski, Mash, & Semple, 2008; Chronis-Tuscano et al., 2008; Psychogiou, Daley, Thompson, & Sonuga-Barke, 2008; Quinn, 2005). Importantly, ethnic diversity in the aforementioned research is limited. "
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