Did you know that the signs of ADHD are often different in girls? The signs of ADHD may be confused for other conditions in young girls, especially because ADHD is often associated with boys.
So, how do you know that your daughter needs an ADHD evaluation? These are some of the signs to look for.
Lack of Time Management
Often, time management is an issue for girls who have ADHD. They may spend more time socializing even when they know that something important is due the next day. This may prompt them to have to finish something at the last minute, even if they had days or weeks to complete a task.
Some girls are labeled as "overemotional" when they have ADHD. They may cry easily, for example. In other cases, these girls seem to lack impulse control, which means they may talk without thinking or move in ways that do not seem "normal." Their reactions to emotional stimuli may also appear out of the ordinary, perhaps very dramatic in comparison to the emotions of other children.
Some girls with ADHD may withdraw from their peers socially. They may isolate themselves from others in ways that don't seem to make sense, and this symptom may be confused with social anxiety. This could also be a sign of overstimulation.
Often, girls who have ADHD are distracted easily. While working on homework, they may be distracted by a television in the next room, somebody talking, or even a small object in front of them. These small items can cause a lot of wasted time.
In many cases, the distractions are not visible. Your daughter may appear to be studying, staring at a book or paper, but the results of a test do not match the effort that they appear to have put into studying.
Girls and women with ADHD may experience frequent motion. They may move around in their seats, or they may get up often in the middle of work. They may prefer to work outside and in other physical ways rather than to sit at a desk for a long period of time.
Get an ADHD Evaluation Today
If you think that your child would benefit from an ADHD evaluation, now is the time to make an appointment. An evaluation can help you make the best difference in your child's life so that she can learn most effectively.