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Girls with ADHD Have More Problems in Adolescence

The Washington Post reports that a long-term study of girls diagnosed with ADHD has found they are at greater risk for substance abuse, emotional problems and academic difficulties in adolescence than their peers who don't have ADHD. Because girls with ADHD tend to be less disruptive than their male counterparts, they are often under-diagnosed and overlooked. The lead author of the study, psychologist Stephen P. Hinshaw, called the results "surprising and discouraging." He went on to say, "the cumulative picture is that girls with ADHD are at risk for a lot of problems." In addition to a widening gap in academic abilities, girls with ADHD were also more likely to experience depression, mood or anxiety disorders, and problems with substance abuse. Read more online.

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