Girls with ADHD are at a higher risk of developing other mental disorders
December 28th, 2016
Filed under: Anxiety disorder, Mental Disorder, Mental Health, Treatment by ATAC Team

The research on girls with ADHD has been limited and only a few studies have been conducted to discover the problems girls with ADHD face. A recent study has revealed that girls who have ADHD face an increased risk of having multiple mental health disorders than those who never had ADHD. These mental disorders often lead to other lifestyle problems, such as abusive relationships, premature pregnancies and poor grades.

The following findings are important in understanding ADHD in girls:

  • Only 13.9 percent of girls without ADHD were anxiety-prone while 37.7 percent of girls with ADHD met the anxiety criteria.
  • 9 percent of girls who did not have ADHD were diagnosed with depression while 10.3 percent of girls with ADHD were diagnosed with depression.
  • 42 percent of girls with ADHD had oppositional defiant disorder, compared with just 5 percent of girls without it.
  • 8 percent of girls with ADHD had conduct disorder compared with only 0.8 percent without ADHD.

It would seem that girls with ADHD have to go through many problems in their future while those who don’t have it face reduced risks.

ADHD and other mental conditions

The scientists emphasized the fact that they were surprised to find that girls with ADHD had more prevalence of conduct disorders than the non-ADHD girls. It showed that these girls may have to face adult impairments, such as risky sexual conduct, abusive relationships, substance abuse and crime.

Scientists also noted that ADHD may begin in preschool and may persist till adulthood when it is accompanied by conduct disorders.

Lack of studies on girls with ADHD

The researchers studied 1,997 girls out of which roughly 40 percent had ADHD. The girls were aged between 8 and 13 years. However, scientists noted that most of the studies had a focus on boys ADHD or compared girls ADHD with that of boys, and not with girls who did not have ADHD.

Scientists believe that ADHD is more difficult to detect in girls than boys due to the fact that girls with ADHD are often disengaged, forgetful or disorganized, and perceived as “spacey” and stay “under the radar” without being provided assessment and treatment.

Tips for concerned parents

Parents can take an active role in getting their children treated for ADHD. If negative behavior lasts for months, they may seek professional help. It is important to get ADHD treated as soon as possible because ADHD often leads to serious lifestyle problems.

Scientists are unanimous that parents should monitor girls for ADHD and if any sign is present should get them treated. Early treatment can have a positive impact and help the girls function successfully in school and society.

Scientists also revealed that although there is a popular belief that boys are prone to conduct disorders, the study’s findings point to the fact that girls are also equally at risk of acquiring the conduct disorders.

There are effective treatment options for ADHD which may include medication, therapies and useful parenting strategies. There are instances of ADHD being minimized so that the girls can compete equally with non-ADHD girls in school, sports and other social activities.

It has also been noted that children with ADHD are more likely to develop serious substance abuse problems in the future. That can be as much as two to three times, according to the lead researchers.

To be diagnosed with ADHD, a child must have at least six of nine symptoms of hyperactivity or inattention, the child’s behavior must be troublesome and the symptoms must not be related to any other mental disorder. In addition, the symptoms should start before the child turns 12 and must negatively affect day-to-day functioning.

Give the children a good future

It is implied by the study that girls with ADHD should get immediate treatment and this must be initiated by the parents. Anxiety treatment in Colorado is known for good results.

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