NAME: CINDERELLA ANIGHORO
COURSE: SOSC 1801
TA: HILDA SMITH
Why are more and more young women being diagnosed with ADHD?
For those who are not aware of the meaning on ADHD, Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurological disorder that can be first diagnosed in childhood, and often last into adulthood. ADHD is a medical diagnosis that is organized along two symptoms clusters; Hyperactive impulsive symptoms: where the individual has difficulty regulating activity levels and difficulty inhibiting behaviors, and Inattentive symptoms: where the individual has difficulty attending to the task at hand. Research has shown that ADHD causes and risk factors are unknown, but recently ADHD has been linked to genes and a few other factors; brain injury, environmental exposure, premature delivery etc.
In 2014, the number of Americans taking medication for ADHD has steadily increased. According to recent reports, the biggest increase in ADHD medication is among young women between the age of 19 and 34. One of the reasons for this is that ADHD is easier to spot in boys at a young age, because they are very restless, easily bored, and very hyperactive. Which makes it easier for the boys to get treatment at a young age, unlike the girls whose symptoms can be quieter and harder to find in their childhood. Due to lack of diagnosis among the girls, they develop a more pronounced ADHD condition as they grow into young adults. ADHD had always been studied in the males, usually elementary school-aged males, and that is why the disorder has been grouped only among males, and symptoms of ADHD are neglected among the females. A study published in 2009 explored disruptiveness as a factor for gender gap in referrals of girls. Because they are comparing these girls with their male counterparts, teachers may dismiss the less obvious signs of ADHD in girls instead of referring them for an ADHD evaluation
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