Is ADHD different for girls?


Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, but why? Cristen and Caroline examine the ADHD gender gap, how the disorder impacts girls' lives differently and why so many young women are taking Adderall.

Episode sources:

"ADD Women and Girls: Late Diagnosis, Little Treatment" by Maureen Connolly. ADDitude. http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/1626.html

"ADHD: A woman's issue" by Nicole Crawford. February 2003. American Psychological Association. Monitor on Psychology. http://www.apa.org/monitor/feb03/adhd.aspx

"ADHD or Overachiever? Women and the Epidemic of Adderall Abuse" by Charlotte Andersen. Dec. 12, 2011. Shape. http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/adhd-or-overachiever-women-and-epidemic-adderall-abuse

"ADHD Seen in 11% of U.S. Children as Diagnoses Rise" by Alan Schwarz and Sarah Cohen. March 31, 2013. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/01/health/more-diagnoses-of-hyperactivity-causing-concern.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

"Girls with ADHD at Risk for Self-Injury, Suicide Attempts As Young Adults, Says New Research" by Stephen Hinshaw. Aug. 14, 2012. American Psychological Association. http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2012/08/girls-adhd.aspx

"It's Different for Girls with ADHD" by Maria Yagoda. April 03, 2013. The Wire. http://www.thewire.com/national/2013/04/its-different-girls-adhd/63746/

"The Biggest Myths About Girls with ADHD" by Margarita Tartakovsky. PsychCentral. http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/12/23/the-biggest-myths-about-girls-with-adhd/

"The Secret Lives of Girls with ADHD" by Ellen Littman. December 2012. Attention. http://drellenlittman.com/secret_life_of_girls_with_adhd.pdf

"What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD, ADD)?" National Institute of Mental Health. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/index.shtml

"Yes, Girls Get ADHD, Too" by Christina Boufis. WebMD Magazine. http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/childhood-adhd/features/yes-girls-get-adhd-too

"Young Women Increasingly Turn to ADHD Drugs" by Nancy Shute. March 14, 2014. NPR. http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/03/14/289821414/young-women-increasingly-turn-to-adhd-drugs

Academic Insights:

"Why is there a gender gap in children presenting for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder services?" by JL Ohan and TA Visser. September 2009. Journal of Clinical Child Adolescent Psychology. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20183650

"The history of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder" by Klaus W. Lange, Susanne Reichl and Oliver Tucha. December 2010. Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3000907/

Topics in this Podcast: girls, Mental Health, best of 2014 health