Both boys and girls can have ADHD. However, the number of girls diagnosed with ADHD in
childhood is significantly lower than the number of boys. This can most likely be attributed to the
difference in presentation rather than the actual rate of impact.
Boys with ADHD tend to experience hyperactive symptoms such as
The differences between symptom presentation are very apparent in the school setting. A boy with
ADHD generally struggles with noticeably disruptive behavior and therefore, may sooner receive
testing, diagnosis, and treatment. Girls, on the other hand, struggle differently. And because their
challenge can often be with attention, poor grades and forgetfulness, an ADHD diagnosis can be
harder to spot. Be aware of these symptoms and the different ways they can affect boys and girls.
It is important to note, highly intelligent girls with ADHD are often the most difficult to spot. The
brighter a girl with ADHD, the later her difficulties tend to emerge. In fact, many girls with above-
average IQ manage academically. However, as life becomes more demanding and complicated,
challenges with concentration and organization begin to emerge.