ADHD is an acronym for a neuro-behavioral condition known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It was once thought that ADHD was more common in boys than girls. However, recent research suggests that the symptoms of the condition may present themselves differently in girls and boys due to gender variations. Girls with ADHD are more likely to be inattentive and overly emotional, whereas boys with the condition are more hyperactive and aggressive.
Attention deficit disorders are estimated to affect approximately 8 to 10 percent of all school-age children in the United States. Doctors classify these disorders according to three main groups. ADHD is marked by excessive hyperactivity. ADD is attributed to inattentiveness without marked hyperactivity. And people who have an attention deficit disorder with combined hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattentiveness are classified as “combined ADHD.”
ADHD is also found in adults, but there is a large percentage of the adult population that has never been diagnosed. In women, it is often found that misdiagnosis is also common. Women with ADHD may be misdiagnosed as having thyroid problems, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, or personality disorders.