Why is ADHD missed in girls?

p07brtd7 (1)Source: BBC News

By Kelly Oakes

Emily Johnson-Ferguson’s mind has been racing for as long as she can remember. The eating disorders she began suffering from as a teenager were her attempt to slow down her brain. Doctors tried to blame them on family problems and stress, but she knew that wasn’t it.

It was only last year, aged 42, that she finally got to the root of her problems: ADHD.

Johnson-Ferguson is not alone. Though the stereotypical image of ADHD is a boy bouncing around a classroom, that’s not the whole picture. Girls can have ADHD, too – and many go without diagnosis, and without treatment that could change their lives.

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Categories: gender, Health

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