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Under Diagnosed

Children in England and especially girls are being under-treated, not over-medicated, for ADHD, new figures obtained by the Guardian suggest.

In June, Ofsted’s chief inspector of schools, Amanda Spielman, claimed too many children were being given Ritalin, the main drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She said reliance on drugs meant behavioural problems were not being addressed.

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.