ADD (ADHD) Checklist for Girls
(The following checklist is not intended for diagnostic
purposes, but rather for initial screening purposes. If you
feel that your daughter seems to fit many of the behaviors
described below, it may be advisable to seek an evaluation
from an experienced health care professional, someone who
specializes in ADHD and is familiar with the different presentation
of ADD (ADHD) often seen in girls.)
Research indicates that awareness about Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity
in girls and women is very low. Alarmingly, some studies estimate
that as many as 50% to 75% of girls with the disorder are
missed. As a result, many girls with ADD (ADHD) suffer
in silence, not achieving up to their potential, and often
giving in to frustration and low self-esteem.
While children who do not have ADD (ADHD) can occasionally
demonstrate some of these behaviors, children with ADD (ADHD)
exhibit them chronically and across multiple settings impairing
the child's ability to function academically or socially on
a daily basis.
For checklists specifically designed for preschool girls,
elementary school aged girls, middle school girls and high
school girls as well as how to help girls with ADD (ADHD)
at each age level, see Understanding
Girls with ADHD.