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December 10, 2012

ADD: The Difference Between Boys and Girls

What do you think of when you think about Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Do you think about some out-of-control child running all willy nilly to the chagrin of his parents?

Do you think of a boy who simply can’t control his impulses to act out due to lack of stimulation?

The fact of the matter is that many people believe that ADD is a boy’s disease when it is just as prevalent in girls. You might wonder how that could be when more boys are reported with it than girls, but that’s only because of either a limited or total lack of understanding in how the disorder manifests in the different genders. ADD in a boy is not the same as the kind felt by a girl.

Don’t believe me? Get on that wireless internet and look it up for yourself or keep reading!

Girls get ADD just as much as boys do, but it manifests as a different behavior. With boys, it’s a lot of acting out, but with girls ADD is often characterized as a lack of activity due to severe distraction or disorganization. Girls with ADD are often overlooked as simply daydreaming or, worse, they are misdiagnosed as depressed and treated for entirely the wrong disorder.

Understanding this crucial difference in gender and ADD is important, especially if efforts are to be made in preventing any child with this disorder from slipping through the cracks.