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ADULT ADD AND ADHD
WOMEN & GIRLS BEHAVIOR
We are so anxious to prove that we are equal with the opposite sex I often wonder if we have forgotten we are the opposite sex. I like being the opposite sex, in fact I would not have it any other way. But just for this column I will talk about the down side of being a female with ADD or ADHD.
Unfortunately for years the majority of research has been conducted on young first and second year college male college students. The results generally were said to reflect both males and females. Now, of course we know those results were not accurate as it relates to females.
Today because we have had more and more research conducted using females we have more accurate information. We are not now using results that reflect male behavior patterns as a guideline to judge or measure female behavior.
We have discovered the majority of females who have ADD or ADHD behaviors are often much more subtle than the males. In the past if the young girls behavior was not extreme the ADD/ADHD diagnosis would most likely be missed.
So Mom when you are deciding your daughter does not have ADD or ADHD ask yourself, who's behavior are you measuring her against? Girls with ADHD are more likely to have attention problems but they usually do not disrupt the class which adds to them seldom being diagnosed as soon as boys.
MEN & BOYS BEHAVIOR
Boys with ADD or ADHD are noticed mainly because of their behaviior. Sometimes they are missed by their parents because their behavior may only be noticeable at school and not necessarily at home. They have difficulty paying attention and are easily distracted. At school they are often noticed because they are disruptive and have a difficult time staying in their seats. In short they are all over the place. Often at home they are not because some of them are seldom required to concentrate at home like they are at school. They can spend hours playing or watching TV because they are being visually entertained and are not required to do anything but watch or play.
Boys are more rebellious, more difiant, and generally more "difficult" than girls.
Not all boys or girls are hyperactive. Many children can have the inattentive type of ADHD which is without the hyperactivity and impulsivity. You must remember there are other causes for attentional problems, such as learning disability so don't jump to the conclusion that your child had ADD or ADHD just because the TEACHER says he/she is disrupting the class and needs medication.
GETTING YOUR CHILD EVALUATED BY A MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL WHO IS EXPERIENCED IN EVALUATING CHILDREN SPECIFICALLY TO SEE IF THEY HAVE ADD OR ADHD MAY PROVE TO BE LIFE CHANGING FOR BOTH YOU AND YOUR CHILD.