An impatient kid running around all the time, one who cannot stop talking while the class is going on, a kid who never completes any of his/her assignments on time or one who keeps daydreaming always are typical pictures of kids with ADHD. If you notice, these symptoms are predominantly found across the male population compared to the female population.
A cheerful, energetic and smart girl who works hard to excel in academics is dismissed as over enthused but never diagnosed as having ADHD. ADHD can remain undiagnosed in girls for a long time such that these girls might even succumb to risky affairs such as unprotected sex, substance use, poor academic performance and low self-esteem in the long run.
Boys Vs Girls
ADHD manifests itself as three groups of symptoms-hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention. Superficial knowledge might make us believe that more number of boys are affected greatly by ADHD compared to girls during childhood but diagnostic rates as adults seem to equally divide the disorder between males and females. This is a clear indication that girls are not less affected, but their diagnosis goes undetected during childhood.
ADHD brings out different symptoms and reactions in boys and girls. Almost 50-75% of ADHD cases in girls are missed during childhood due to the peculiar way in which the disorder crops up in girls. Boys with ADHD tend to display a variety of behavioral problems whereas, in girls it is more about how the disorder affects them.
If you doubt that your daughter might have ADHD, it is wise to meet a physician who is a pro in diagnosing and treating this disease. Few parents diagnose themselves and start giving their own treatment in the form of cutting down food additives or keeping the child gluten-free which is wrong. A physician is the right person to tell you what to do and what not to do. Does going gluten-free or being food additive-free decrease the intensity of ADHD? Get your answers from the website www.firsteatright.com. The physician interacts with your child, observes her response and involvement in different activities, talks to her teachers and gets a detailed history from the child’s pediatrician firstly. Some parents put off the notion that their child might be affected with ADHD as the kid is perfectly normal when she chats with her friends, goes out or plays video games. We need to remember that a child is judged based on her attention and involvement doing activities that bore her or require extra efforts and not based on those tasks that attract her.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.