This October for ADHD Awareness Month we are raising awareness about ADHD in women and girls. Why are we doing this?

  • Boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than girls are
  • Girls are diagnosed with ADHD on average five years later than boys — boys at age 7 and girls at age 12.
  • Many girls never get diagnosed.
  • Research indicates that up to 75 percent of girls with attention problems are undiagnosed.

Why is this? Misconceptions about ADHD have led many to believe that ADHD is just for ‘hyperactive young boys’, which is not true. ADHD occurs in girls and in adult women. When women go undiagnosed, they lack the opportunity to understand their ADHD and implement the right management strategies.

Consequences of undiagnosed ADHD in girls and women…

Girls  Women
  • Struggle to make and maintain friends
  • Low self-esteem
  • girls with ADHD have higher rates of self-harmsubstance abuse,and suicide attempts
  • youth with ADHD are 3x more likely to use, abuse or become dependent on nicotine,
  • and marijuana during adolescence
  • Teens with ADHD are 3 times more likely to be obese and develop type 2 diabetes
  • Females with ADHD are 3.5 times more at risk of developing an eating disorder
  • Adults with ADHD are 20% less likely to be employed and earn an average of 16% less than their counterparts (Biederman, et al., 2006)
  • Individuals with ADHD are 45% to 47% more likely to be involved in a serious transport accident (Chang 2014).
  • Adults with ADHD are 10 times more likely to visit physicians and had higher rates of emergency room visits and hospital stays (Katzmanet al., 2017)
  • Depression and anxiety
  • 1 in 4 women with ADHD has attempted suicide
  • Substance abuse
  • Smoking

Recognize the Signs

ADHD symptoms look different in women and girls. Do your part by understanding what the symptoms of ADHD commonly look like in women and girls.

Girls Women
  • Struggle to maintain attention
  • Overly talkative
  • Daydreamy
  • Overly sensitive
  • Struggle socially
  • Forgetful
  • Disorganized and messy
  • Withdrawn
  • Doodling/fidgeting
  • Blurts out words without thinking
  • Sensitivities (noise, fabrics, foods)
  • Disorganized
  • Anxious
  • Depressed
  • Forgetful
  • Misunderstood
  • Overwhelmed

Raise Awareness about ADHD in Women and Girls

What can you do for ADHD Awareness Month in honour of women and girls with ADHD across the nation?

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Make a donation. CADDAC is the only national charity dedicated solely to ADHD in Canada. Part of our work includes raising awareness about ADHD in women and girls as well as providing education and information unique to their needs across the lifespan.

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