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ADHD Symptoms in Women Aren’t ‘Hidden.’ They Are Misinterpreted.

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ADHD symptoms in women and girls aren’t “hidden” or “easy to miss.” They are obvious, persistent, and often quite serious. Why, then, do we continue to disregard or misdiagnose ADHD in girls and women?

And why do we more accurately diagnose boys, who get a head start of about four years on treatment?1The reason: ADHD is still viewed from a largely male-centric point of view.

This bias toward recognizing externalizing symptoms and disruptive behaviors means that female manifestations of ADHD — including the critical role of hormonal fluctuations on symptoms and functioning — are all but disregarded.

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