Treatment Options for Girls with ADHD
Although ADHD manifests itself differently in girls, treatment for the disorder is largely the same for both genders. A number of medications – with stimulants such as Ritalin being the most popular – are used to provide focus and control hyperactivity. In addition, other therapies such as behavior modification and neurofeedback are often used to help children with ADHD control their impulses.
However, even when diagnosed with ADHD, girls tend to receive treatment for the disorder less often than their male counterparts. For example, the CDC reports that boys with ADHD are 2.8 times more likely to receive medication for the disorder than girls.
With ADHD having the potential to lead to lifelong mental health struggles if left untreated, it is imperative that girls be properly evaluated for attention disorders. It is important that they not only receive the right diagnosis, but also the skills needed to overcome the inattention, disorganization and stress that often mark attention deficit disorder in girls. Fortunately, a new generation of researchers is finally paying attention to girls with ADHD so those girls can, in turn, find the attention and peace of mind they need to succeed.
Disclaimer: This article is informational in nature and is not a replacement for a medical evaluation. If you believe your child may suffer from ADHD, please seek help from a trained health professional who can help you determine the right treatment options.