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“Q: The Social Strain of ADHD Weighs Heavy on My Daughter”

ADHD in girls is often missed or overlooked. In fact, three boys are diagnosed with ADHD for every one girl.1 This is largely because the signs of ADHD tend to look different in girls: daydreaming in class, silliness or spaciness, shyness, skin picking, perfectionism, feeling anxious or sad, forgetfulness, emotional dysregulation, and sometimes trouble keeping friends.Girls show more signs of anxiety and mood disorders than do boys, and girls are often diagnosed at a later age than their male counterparts.

They also experience higher levels of peer rejection. This is partially because women are socialized to define themselves through their relationships with others, whereas boys are socialized to define themselves through their.

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