WHY MANY GIRLS WITH ADHD ARE LEFT UNTREATED

 2 years ago


According to the CDC boys (13.2%) were more likely than girls (5.6%) to have ever been diagnosed with ADHD. Over 6.4 million children are diagnosed yearly with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  Boys will typically act out while girls will usually suffer in silence. In a recent newscast by Brian Williams with NBC Nightly News  Why many girls with ADHD are left untreated? He addresses this problem.

 

Symptoms of ADHD

Does your daughter have problems concentrating, find it hard to sit still, act impulsively without thinking things through? Or interrupt others during a conversation? Do they daydream excessively or have problems focusing on the task at hand? According to the American Psychiatric Association and the CDC, the percent of children diagnosed has changed over the years.

 

These are all common symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Unlike a broken bone ADHD or ADD does not show physical signs or be diagnosed with a blood test. Many times these symptoms overlap with those of other psychological disorders.

 

Causes of ADHD

attention deficit disorderThough the cause is unknown, parents should not blame themselves your child is suffering from this mental disorder. The important thing is to focus on getting your child help. Possible causes have been said ADHD is a genetic disorder; Currently, researchers are investigating many different genes, particularly ones involved with the brain chemical dopamine. Children with ADHD have lower levels of dopamine in the brain. The Environment may pay a role such as being exposed to smoke or even lead exposure. Nutrition and food are also being research such as overutilization of food additives and sugar. Whatever the cause the important thing is to have your child tested by a professional and make the changes necessary to improve both their life and yours.

 

Diagnosing ADHD

Diagnosing ADHD is a complicated process. The official criteria for ADHD state that the symptoms of ADHD must occur beyond the extent that is normal for the person’s age, and must happen in a variety of different situations. For a diagnosis, symptoms must have appeared by the age of 7 (for childhood), and have continued for at least six months. Sometimes it’s an adult who first suspects your child may have attention deficit disorder, such as a teacher or a babysitter. Upon consulting with a specialist, the right diagnosis and treatment plan can be administered.

 

Sources:

*http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/index.shtml

*http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/data.html

 

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