A girl with ADHD may be labeled Chatty Cathy - the enthusiastic school-aged girl who is always telling stories to friends. Or she could be the daydreamer - the smart, shy teenager with the disorganized locker.
But what happens when she grows up? Or when her ADHD isn't diagnosed until she's a woman? Is her experience different from what men with ADHD go through?
ADHD has not been widely researched in women. Much more is known about how it affects children. However, there seems to be some patterns...
ADHD, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type: A subtype of ADHD in which people show both hyperactive and impulsive behavior, but may not show enough symptoms of inattention to qualify for Combined Type.
ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type: People with this type of ADHD show significant symptoms of inattention and are not overly active or disruptive. This type of ADHD was formerly known as attention deficit disorder (ADD).
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A developmental and behavioral disorder that is characterized by levels of inattention, distractibility, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that are inappropriate for a person's age or developmental level
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD): A label with the same meaning as ADHD. At one time, ADD referred to a disorder involving difficulty paying attention or focusing attention without hyperactivity.
Bipolar disorder: Mental condition that is marked by mood swings between periods of intense emotional highs and lows
Clinical trial: Also called a research study; a research program involving patients with a particular condition usually to test various treatments for that condition
Neural: Related to the nervous system.
Neurotransmitter: A chemical in the brain that acts as a messenger to help transmit nerve impulses between brain cells.