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ADHD in Girls: How to Recognize the Symptoms

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In this video I highlight the different ways ADHD symptoms tend to express themselves in girls. For a better sense of ADHD in general check out "How to Know if You Have ADHD:" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx13a2-unjE To clarify: I am not suggesting that there is a "girl" or a "boy" form of ADHD. Either gender can have the hyperactivity component, and either gender can be primarily inattentive. In this video I talk about what is more common; however, it's important that we learn to recognize both forms in both genders. ADHD in girls: What You Need to Know: https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/add-adhd/adhd-in-girls?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4vHZtbPE2gIVDjBpCh26BAHJEAAYAiAAEgJ9pvD_BwE Lost Generation of Women: https://qz.com/592364/decades-of-failing-to-recognize-adhd-in-girls-has-created-a-lost-generation-of-women/ ADD Women and Girls: Late ADHD Diagnosis, Little Treatment (ADDitude magazine): http://bit.ly/23Clh2H Diagnosing ADHD Girls (ADDitude magazine): http://bit.ly/1Nn8sjq Neuropsychiatric differences between boys and girls with ADHD (Psychiatric Times): http://bit.ly/1VkBuHW "The Show Must Be Go,” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
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Meredith Fanning (5 days ago)
(I agree with all this) but what about the disruptive hyperactive girl? Did anyone ever feel like they were more harshly penalized for being a disruptive girl than boys in the classroom?
Sophie Smith (8 days ago)
My name is Sophie I’m 11 and 2 years ago I got on meds for ADHD I’m a premature and I have an IEP and this video is what happens everyday with me
Nehama W (10 days ago)
Anyone else notice the little mark on the wall? I thought it was a hair on my screen and it wasn't lol.
Abby's World (15 days ago)
The only reason why I got dinosed with ADHD in 4th grade was because I was getting checked to see if I was ausitic because my dad noised that I act a lot like my older twin brother and he can’t talk and has ausitic and my mom told be something that I noticed that somone with ausitic wouldn’t know would be when I was getting dignoised my mom told me that I knew what was going on by when I said I didn’t have austum and somone with ausitic wouldn’t know what’s going on so my dad was wrong
Swigety Swooty (17 days ago)
When you said the "just not trying hard enough" part, I choked on my spit.
Jameson Francis (17 days ago)
I feel like she’s low key pissed off
Jameson Francis (17 days ago)
I feel like she low key pissed of
BookwormTVfreak (18 days ago)
2:25 I got diagnosed with depression two years ago because my ADHD surpassed my ability to deal with it (before getting diagnosed and trying to learn how to deal with it). The antidepressants made it worse, as they made me lethargic, and therefore made it even harder to concentrate, but I unfortunately had an inept doctor who just kept upping the dose. Wound up caught in a cycle of attention and grades slip, depression gets worse, dose goes up, attention and grades slip... Finally figured out he wasn't good at his job and quit at the beginning of this year. Got diagnosed with ADHD and switched meds a month ago. I'm still trying to recover from the absolute self-esteem crush these past years have been, but watching things like these and realising I'm not alone helps. Thank you.
Flin Grin (18 days ago)
before video: im a male with ADD. after generalizations: i guess im a woman xD
TheLi95 (20 days ago)
Most of the traits she mentioned describes me so well But on the opposite gender. I'm female and I was always causing trouble in a boyish way, one of the reason the teachers ALWAYS told me to behave while saying "boys will be boys" bs.
Faultty (21 days ago)
I was young in my year, but also smart. I’d space out, and still get the right answers :/ managed to compensate for short sightedness too.
AutodidacticPhd (22 days ago)
Yeah, I fall heavily into the ADD (yeah, I'm old enough that this is what we called it) or inattentive end of the spectrum... in fact, when I was first diagnosed, the doctors and therapists couldn't even decide if it was ADD or depression, and I'm pretty sure the only reason I was diagnosed at all is because I had severe asthma growing up, and my mom's first reaction to any problem had become "ask a doctor". I didn't recognize my own symptoms in most of the books we'd find until some of them started including chapters about how ADD/ADHD presents in girls.
Emmy Bammy (22 days ago)
My cousin has ADHD (I don’t have ADHD at all) and thank you for helping me so much
It's too much information
Dr. Zaius (23 days ago)
https://youtu.be/YR5ApYxkU-U
the pj samwich vids (24 days ago)
By spacing do you mean just thinking oh no so am I girl or a boy. Also is affecting them self like blaming them selves because you noe what im so confused
the pj samwich vids (24 days ago)
Um I got pupurty when I was 10 so how does that make sense also um I'm not sure if I should be mad at science not making any sense or my self im not a girl
orakkus (24 days ago)
Thank you for making this video. With your help I was able to clearly see that my wife needed to seek treatment for ADD. I have ADHD myself, and had suspected that she had it too, but your videos just perfectly helped drive the point home and I was able to frame this discussion in a way she could relate to.
Jess Mason (25 days ago)
My 5 yr old hasn’t been diagnosed with ADHD, but I’ve known she has it since she was 18 mos old. She just behaves so much like her father, who does have an ADHD diagnosis. The older she gets, the more obvious it becomes that she’s dealing with ADHD. Our problem, as you’ve mentioned, is that her problems tend to happen at home. We have to have a consensus with the school, where her anxiety manifests via being super shy and quiet. They don’t see an issue. At home, she can’t focus on anything without a screen; she fights with her siblings constantly; she can’t remember rules that have been repeated to her daily for the last 3 years; she is extremely emotional (which I foresee as a future depression diagnosis, also like her father); and she absolutely can’t stay still for even a second. Your videos are helping me confirm what I already know, and I’m glad I’m not crazy and being overly worried. Thank you for this channel.
Puplo Man (1 month ago)
I had A D H D. When I was a kid. And then I woke up this morning and put my head phones on!! Started cleaning up the house!!! And then I started to dance. And I was breaking a sweat! And then I was done breakdancing. And I saw the kitchen that I was cleaning. And BOOM. It was messy. Because I let my self. Get taken over the music!!!! 😳. Although. I think I opend my 3rd eye! Don't know what 3rd eye is? Search it up. (3rd eye) Besides that. I'm always. Fast hearted beaded!! oh well. 😖 I was cleaning up the house. And while I was cleaning it up. I was dancing and. Moving like a fucken worm while I was cleaning it up?
きつねChirichu (1 month ago)
Pretty sure I have the combined type. My mum won't get me tested because she compares me to her male ADHD students(hyperactivity) that are the same age as me (she's a teacher). Therefore, I have no clue what to do about this. Any advice?
C (1 month ago)
I hope I can get help soon I was diagnosed with adhd and ocd from a really young age took all sorts of medicines that made me feel awful barely got therapy and have so many symptoms of other conditions so odds are I have something else, and I’m out of high school and have to stress about school work jobs money so on and so forth and I’ve told my mom for yearssssss literally since middle school since I got off meds in elementary that I need help and I still haven’t got it I’ve only recently realized a lot of people I thought were helping were making it worse and had no idea what it was like for me, no way I can convince parents to get me help so I will probs have to wait years to be financially stable and independent to be able to and it’s scary especially hearing about people who didn’t get help and were worse off and noticed it in school home work etc I don’t know what to do 😰
C (1 month ago)
Me and my brother have adhd and we argue all the time and I can relate to all those symptoms and would describe him by the male symptoms and no wonder
Rob Truitt (1 month ago)
thank you for the video that is exactly how I see it to.
Paige Thompson (1 month ago)
Hi! Could you do a video about the correlation between speech (speaking) and adhd?❤️
Nicolás (1 month ago)
I came upon this vid suspecting my ex-GF might have ADHD. She's dyslexic. Then the vid says 40% of ADHD comes with dyslexia... lol
Aleen N. Johnson (1 month ago)
I’m 24 and I’m just now realizing that I might have ADHD. Honestly it makes so much sense as to why I’ve had so many struggles but also disheartening that no one else detected it until now. Thank you for this video ♥️
Bart Geerts (1 month ago)
Today I found out I'm a girl
K S (1 month ago)
I’m a girl and I was diagnosed when I was around five I also have anxiety slight dyslexia and bad insomnia it also makes me talk fast and slightly slured cause I’m a alwase worried I’ll forget what I want to say before I say it it’s a nightmare
hjmclark (1 month ago)
I recognized the signs. Now to convince clinicians to listen and treat the adhd.
Patate7Frite (1 month ago)
My youtube path tonight is highly entertaining to me. I've just began thinking about if i might (most likely do) have ADHD. So i learn about it and break stereotypes. And so i did with Aspergers. For girl/woman. For once in my life things are falling in place and make fricking sense. ADHD, Lack of mental discipline, Asperger's, depression, low self-esteem. etc. And also why no one ever noticed or wanted to believe me or even just be open minded......... Damn i love those internets!
Lydia Foster (1 month ago)
I hate people. They treat ADHD like a joke or act like we are dumb. I’ve been diagnosed and I’m on medication. I also I have a learning disorder plus my family are talking about me have OCD. Fight me bisk
Liberty Belladonna (1 month ago)
You said "find the kid with ADHD," and I just raised my hand. Oops
Awesomegameplay /Meme (1 month ago)
I guess I'm a boy and a girl
Buttercup Kitten (1 month ago)
I have ADHD I’m not self diagnosing I actually was diagnosed and my parents had me take medication for it and a lot of this is true for me except the fact about a lot what you about both boys and girls and they’re ummmmmm what was it..... oh well but I really.....WHERE WAS I GOING WITH THIS GEEZ XD
Emperor (1 month ago)
I feel jealous of those kids whose parents actually listen to what they have to say instead of ignoring them and acting like everything is okay. More needs to be done in schools to help us ADHD/ADD'ers out. If I had received the help that I had needed at a young age my life would be so much better.
Sophie F. (1 month ago)
I think I have ADHD. Or lack of Vitamin D. Oooor anything ELSE that causes depressive moods, high stress level, bad sleeping habits, no selfcontrol, constant unhappyness... I could go on. Buuut my parents won't listen so yeah. I am honestly curious as to how many mental diseases go unnoticed. I have 6 younger siblings, there's no way there's not SOMETHING. I suspect my sister has Dyslexia or something. My brother might have ADHD, symtoms are there... but nobody knows anything.
Lemon Lime (1 month ago)
I'm only 11 I don't know mutch about my syemtomes p.s. not good at spelling to :) well I think my ADHD came with sensory processing disorder and deppresion and I preety sure sensory processing desoreder is ADHD I'm not 100% sure
LivingInsideaBellJar (1 month ago)
I was 5 or 6 when I was diagnosed with ADHD and I've recently started thinking more about it so thank you for making these videos. (I'll admit it took me way too long to finish that sentence because I was looking at everything YouTube is now recommending to me that's also from your channel.)
soft marshmello (1 month ago)
Im a girl and im not hyper what do ever im so lazy
Peachy Galaxy (18 days ago)
Yes some girls dont have ADHD, your point?
Kara A (1 month ago)
I was one of the original girls to get diagnosed as ADD at 14 in 1993 and put on amphetamines. I still take them at age 41. You will have a hard time in life BUT don't give up. Don't use it as an excuse but also cut yourself some slack. Parenting and being a wife is much harder for us so be sure you marry someone who is understanding. I am clean but I do have my piles of books and papers around the house. My husband has accepted this and we've come to an agreement as to which areas I can keep them so we are both happy. Did you know ADHD is now considered on the Autism spectrum? I definitely have autistic attributes which my husband lives with everyday. I'm on the lower end of the spectrum. So if you have a weird attachment to your books or can't get off your routines without having an internal meltdown which may come to the outward surface, you are probably on the spectrum and don't just have a difficult time concentrating. What happens if you don't take your meds? Do you fall asleep easily at anytime or anyplace? You may gave a condition called Narcolepsy, which doctors prescribe amphetamines for too. If you have conditions like these you probably have what is called the MTHFR Gene. People with this gene don't detox properly so they get contaminated with heavy metals which just gets worse with age. Get tested for this gene at www.mthfrdoctors.com and just a word of caution - vaccines are not good for people with this gene. Just keep this in mind when you have children one day. You may be able to spare them the problems in life we had to deal with neurologically.
xladyfayre (24 days ago)
Oh my! I relate to the piles! Only they are clothing. I never knew that ADD and ADHD were related to the spectrum. I don't know for sure if I have ADHD but my husband's diagnosed with ADD. We both display similar symptoms, especially inattentive. "Were you listening?" "Ooops". Or (Asks question) (silence) "I was reading this thing, can't talk".
hollyastewart (1 month ago)
How about ADHD in women, and how hard it is to get diagnosed? Not just clinical bias, but such limited resources, clinicians with the expertise, etc.
Abby's World (1 month ago)
I’m mixed because I do the things that boys and girls do
jami moore (1 month ago)
I wasn't well behavied lol I had ADHD and got trouble a lot by 1st grade I was taking Ritalin
Los Angeles Ulpan (1 month ago)
Can you recommend a ADHD COACH IN LA? Thank you
Emmie_Epic (1 month ago)
I have dyslexia and I think I have ADHD. I am a girl and I have ALOT of trouble with focusing in school. I show all the symptoms of ADHD in girls but I just don’t know who to tell and how to tell them. I’ve been trying to hint it at my mum but I don’t think she’s getting it. I was wondering if u could help me?
Emma Cassidy (1 month ago)
Great video
Ingrid M (1 month ago)
Im a girl. I have the inattentive type. I spent 27 years actively hiding my ADD symptoms (that I didnt know was bc ADD ofc) before I got my diagnosis, when we tried to figure out my depression, anxiety and burn out symptoms (from ”doing nothing”). Now getting the proper treatment, my whole life has changed including me as a person to an extent. I dont put any energy in hiding my ADD and instead focus on tackling life WITH my ADD. I didnt know my life could be this fun! Now instead of ”locking up” my symptoms inside, Im letting them out, not worrying about them and that others clearly can see how ”not normal” they are, and I appear more hyperactive with ”typical” ADHD traits. I love my new free life where I get to show my struggles and get help with them instead of hiding them and pretending everythings fine.
jami moore (1 month ago)
I'm 31 and I try to hide but I cant/ everyone asked me why I'm sohyper all the time and all and in school I had to take medication, I stop doing high school and my grades went way down I ended up graduting with a 2.0 or something I think.
Chris Whitfield (2 months ago)
I have ADHD and as a girl it’s terrible most of the time because I also have depression, dyslexia, and anxiety. Music and singing helps a lot. P!ATD ALL THE WAY SONNNNNNN
mehvish yasmin (2 months ago)
I got distracted by the comments and missed 1:39
Abby's World (2 months ago)
I have it and I just found out that 2 of my guy friends have ADHD just like me
ellen hooper (2 months ago)
A few days ago,my friend who had ADHD started listing all her ADHD symptoms.She said to say”me too” if I have that particular symptom.The reason why is because I was telling her I think I have ADHD.So we did that,and I have every symptom she listed that she had except for ONE!!Do you think I have ADHD?Me and my friend think I do,and I want to know what everyone else thinks.(btw I’m 12) Thanks
A Shibe (2 months ago)
Tbh I feel like I relate way too much to every sympthom. I space out, I sometimes hyperfocus, I sometimes read the same thing again and again and still dont get it, etc. Its all too accurate
Sophie Nelissens (2 months ago)
I got distracted from the video Reading the comments lol, gotta love adhd
Hey it's Stormi (2 months ago)
I'm a girl,yet I have most of the boys symptoms of ADHD.Is that wierd??
K Luna (2 months ago)
I honestly wanna meet you so bad
K Luna (2 months ago)
I was diagnosed with depression last year and it’s just starting to get a little better
liberty littman (2 months ago)
2:10 I was diagnosed with a learning disability that coincided with my ADHD diagnosis at 5 or 6. I was only recently diagnosed with Anxiety but the symptoms were somewhat always there
glen felkey (2 months ago)
Thanks for bring this out for us ADDer's. I was diagnosed with a learning disorder since I was in first grade. I'm 44 now and I'm feeling like im a failure. My wife gets irritated when I'm not able to remember anything. My wife sent your channel to me.
D K (2 months ago)
my therapist told me about this channel. I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression at a young age and that's what I was treated for. As I got older I began to struggle a million times more with EVERYTHING. I went to a new doctor and found out I have severe ADHD. Your videos are SO informative and give me a better idea of what's going on in my brain. Thank you!!!!!!
Dead Meme (2 months ago)
Im 12 and i have inattentive and Hyperactive ADHD its really bad, i have good grades but always spacing off and jumpin around
Cuteswirl (2 months ago)
I have ADD/ADHD both and over the years it’s been hard, but I have been blessed with a supportive family that loves me and will do anything to help me. It’s hard to deal with my mind without medication because I also have anxiety and depression. My mind is literally chaos without medicine and therapy and outlets.
vanshika bhatia (2 months ago)
That point of well behaved &bright student who needs to work hard .....was very often during my school time😄😄
Floralia R (2 months ago)
Hello! Thank you so much for this:). Could you do a video on how to manage life going off meds... for 9 months. Apparently stimulants are off the table in pregnancy!🤷🏻‍♀️
Macy Dunbar (3 months ago)
Me, talking about my ADHD problems Others: HeyheyHeyhey Dude Just, like, try to focus Me: WELL GOLLY GEE NEVER THOUGHT HMM ALL GOOD NOW THANKS
Nehama W (10 days ago)
Haha so real!
Nadia Janssen (3 months ago)
You are awesome. And now at age 32 being finally diagnosed with adhd, I am awesome too!! And a girl with male adhd characteristics 😁😇🎶🌠
the pj samwich vids (3 months ago)
I feel like YouTube keeps telling me that I'm a girl but im not and there's no advice for mean girls who are agresive
the pj samwich vids (3 months ago)
Is it just me or does this another time some has called me a girl on the internet is there something wrong with I don't know what to think is real and a girl bullyed9for looking at a shiny unicorn on the teachers she thought I was looking at her and I tried nice words but nope do you have advice
Mar Mar (3 months ago)
At the end she said girls could have a hard time keeping attention but then there's a combined who talk alot.... LITERALLY ME I CANT SHUT UP HELP
Mar Mar (3 months ago)
I'm 23 and I think I just diagnosed myself with ADHD..... MAKES SO MUCH SENSE.... SEND HELP
KD Evans (3 months ago)
I didn't get diagnosed until I was 55. I just laughed and said "That explains a lot". I have spent my life getting in trouble for behaviors that I couldn't help. I am more comfortable in my skin now that I understand what is happening in my brain. Thanks
Angela Hart (3 months ago)
I make n sell jewerly pendants ( n other items ) n practicing my guitar.. Angelsartncraftcorner fb n instagram...but have trouble motivating doing them n i enjoy them...n tried the rpg ADD apps didnt help much...
Wesupport_lfc (3 months ago)
I have ASD but I’m pretty sure I also have ADHD/ADD. But I don’t know how to tell my parents
Lila Connaire (3 months ago)
Ive got half boys half girls
Mah Abdurahim (3 months ago)
I don’t know if I have adhd but I often(almost everyday) ask someone who I was talking to: What did I just say? No no, before that. No no.. before that and that.
Star Avery (3 months ago)
I am 21 years old and I have been diagnosed with many mental conditions growing up including bipolar depression, GAD, OCD and a math disability. My younger siblings have been diagnosed with the severest level of ADHD that is recorded. My grandma has been too. My mom is super educated on adhd because of this and finally brought it up to me that I could’ve been miss diagnosed growing up, which has led me to make appointments for testing specifically for adhd. I am learning more about girls with adhd and I am appalled at how this was probably missed for 18 years...I am excited to hopefully have some answers and help in treating and dealing with my brain.
Ruby Mortimer (3 months ago)
I have average to severe adhd
Sarah Elizabeth (3 months ago)
i talk way too fast and people will talk and at this point my friends just get it when i say ‘sorry i forgot to listen’😂
Bella Crafts (3 months ago)
I have autism and my occupational therapist is thinking about testing me for ADHD. This video was very helpful, and now I can understand why my therapist was thinking I had ADHD. Xx
Super Cooper (3 months ago)
I went to my doctor to be diagnosed and a student doctor came in before my normal one when he came in he kept asking me “do you interrupt your friends do they say you interrupt them” and before I could answer he interrupted me 🤦🏻‍♀️ he kept asking me random questions that didn’t have to do with adhd like “have you ever smoked or had alcohol” I was 10 at the time and had no reference to his questions luckily my doctor came in around 15 minutes after and corrected the student
Serena Taco (3 months ago)
What is this lady's name, i need to citemaker her
D Graham (3 months ago)
ADHD in children
Niki Younie (3 months ago)
Wow, this is really helpful! I'm just coming to terms with the idea I might have ADHD after facing difficulties at work I thought were due to dyslexia. I'm looking to sort through a "proper" diagnosis whilst updating the dyslexia diagnosis. Tough to come to terms with but your videos are really inspirational, and I feel less "weird" now! 😁
Jordan Johns (3 months ago)
For me sometimes it feels like there’s just a bunch of energy bubbling up inside of me and I can’t let it out.
Mia xox (3 months ago)
I think i have ADHD because its like she is describing me
Tudor Miller (3 months ago)
I love this video. I never thought about the differences between boys and girls with ADHD before. When I speak to my female friends, they were diagnosed later in life, compared to my male friends who were diagnosed much earlier.
neve// celeste's twin (3 months ago)
I have adhd and everyone thinks it's easy for me and they are like we'll other people have adhd, but that doesn't mean adhd people don't have a hard time to
m a r n i e ! (3 months ago)
if i have adhd, dyslexia, ocd (and other mental health issues) and am being assessed for autism i must be thanos
m a r n i e ! (3 months ago)
during this video i got distracted by the comments section and then carried on watching and now i’m confused
Danielle Mckinney (3 months ago)
Omg you are amazing! I found your channel while searching for a video to explain to my 8yo daughter what ADHD is. She isn't diagnosed, but I have severe ADHD and she is going through the same things I did in school. And her 1st and 2nd grade teacher (same teacher, 2 years), who has a PhD in child psychology, agrees that yes she has it and no, a doctor doesn't need to be involved because she already knowsmwhat I know about living with ADHD and she will learn more and her symptoms will be more manageable in time. I was so glad to hear that, because medication was NOT the cure for me. It made me dead inside... I won't medicate her. Speaking of which, why is it that so often medication does not help with ADHD symptoms?
ByronDZero (3 months ago)
At 36, I am no longer bouncing off the walls but I do have the racing thoughts associated with ADHD. It's definitely not a boy thing or a girl thing but it's worth discussing that we all can experience symptoms differently.
Weaboo.Trash (3 months ago)
I think one of my best friends has ADHD. She hasn't told anyone and probably doesn't know herself but she shows all of the symptoms.
SeyButtah (3 months ago)
damn I’m a boy with girl adhd 😰
chloe lewis (3 months ago)
I'm exactly like the boy but I'm a girl
chloe lewis (3 months ago)
I'm like the boy side but I'm a girl
chloe lewis (3 months ago)
I'm really bad I have ADHD and autism I've been excluded 2 already and I've only been going to school for 2 months I'm a girl
Luna Le Meme (3 months ago)
I was distracted by a stripe on my blanket instead of this video ;-;
pur ple (3 months ago)
One time someone told me that I try so hard but never get good grades and that has stuck with me and I work teen times harder
Abnormal Aoibh (3 months ago)
That scar on the wall.... so distracting. Sorry, now you probably can’t unsee it.
Gracee Kuntze (3 months ago)
How do you suggest to create a daily routine every morning to get up wide awake or even awake// please notice this I have very many struggles

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