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A Glimpse at Natural Cures For ADHD - Did You Know This?

by Bella Edward (2019-04-03)

I do not say this to propose that those of  Inteligen us with ADHD-PI are better off than the other subtypes. We are not, we have other problems. I say this to give everyone an understanding of what we are up against. Girls are at a disadvantage when it comes to being diagnosed with ADHD because they are more likely to have ADHD-PI but they are also at a disadvantage just because they are girls. All Girls, regardless of the subtype, are viewed differently than boys with ADHD and they are less likely to be identified, diagnosed, or referred for treatment.

Girls suffer tremendously as a result of their symptoms of ADHD but their symptoms often go completely ignored. Because, the majority of children with the hyperactive/Impulsive type of ADHD (ADHD-HI) and the combined type of ADHD (ADHD-C) are boys, the studies done on the trends, interventions, and outcomes for these types of ADHD has tended to include a predominance of boys. To make matters even worse, girls with the combined or hyperactive/impulsive type of ADHD are often mislabeled as having some other condition other than ADHD and so are in turn, not treated appropriately.

Two interesting studies were performed a few months ago. In one of these studies the researchers gave teachers written vignettes with a case study of a girl with symptoms of ADHD-PI and a case study of a girl with the symptoms of ADHD-C. Different teachers received different vignettes and were then asked questions regarding the girl's diagnosis and the need for a medical referral. Ninety-eight percent of the teachers recognized that there was a problem but they classified the girls as having emotional problems rather than ADHD symptom problems. The combined type case study girl was identified as having ADHD by only 43% of teachers. Eighty-six percent of teachers failed to identify the girls with ADHD-PI. Eighty-five percent of teachers reported that medication would not be helpful for either case study girl.

In the second study 140 teachers and 96 parents were given a vignette with a case study of a child with ADHD symptoms. Half the parents and teachers read the case vignettes with a boys names on them and the other half read the vignettes with a girls names on them. The participants then rated their likeliness to seek or recommend further evaluation or treatment for the child in each vignette. Parents and teachers were less likely to recommend services for girls than boys with ADHD symptoms.