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ADHD being missed in girls because they are not as 'disruptive' Nice warns

Following on from our recent talk from Ellen Littman on 'Girls and Women with ADHD' recent UK research back up the conclusion that girls are under diagnosised for ADHD.

ADHD is being missed in girls because they tend not be as badly behaved as boys, new UK NHS guidance suggests.

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said girls and women are going undiagnosed because they were less likely to have “classic” symptoms of the disorder.

Around five per cent of school-age children are thought to suffer from ADHD - a condition which is commonly diagnosed as a result of restlessness and impulsive behaviour, often leading to disruption in the classroom.

Nice said girls tended to have symptoms which did not suggest hyperactivity - such as difficulties concentrating, forgetfulness and poor organisational skills - which were more likely to go un-noticed.

Dr Gillian Baird, professor of children's neurodisability at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and chairwoman of the Nice guideline committee, said that around half of all cases were likely to be going undiagnosed, with cases in girls more likely to be missed.

"Among the possibilities are that boys present with more obviously disruptive behaviour," she said.