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ADD (ADHD) Checklist for Girls

Do you think your daughter might have ADD (ADHD)?

(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.


Even when I try to listen, my thoughts wander
I forget things like permission slips and papers
Projects and papers are hard for me to finish
I get upset easily
Sometimes it feels like I am not good at anything
I'm frequently late
It's hard for me to concentrate when other things are going on around me
My parents and teachers tell me I don't try hard enough
I get teased about being spacey
I feel different from other girls
My room at home is a disaster

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.



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