ADHD in Girls and Boys

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More boys are diagnosed with ADHD than girls. This may be partly because girls' symptoms are less obvious. For example:

  • Girls are less likely to display hyperactive behaviour such as clowning around, interrupting other people, running around, or hitting other children.
  • However, girls are more likely to tease or call other children names.
  • Boys and girls are equally likely to be distracted or make small movements such as rocking in place.
  • Girls are more likely to have internalizing problems than boys, and are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.
  • Girls with ADHD have as much trouble as boys with academic and social skills. However, girls with ADHD are more likely to be overlooked.

Peter Chaban, MA, MEd

Rosemary Tannock, PhD