As of December 31, 2013, The Center will be closing. Articles and books pertaining to girls and women with ADHD (including the SASI scales for self-assessment) may still be found on the ADDvance.com webite.
This site was developed to help you learn more about ADHD in girls and women. We hope that you found the information contained here useful.
ADHD is a neurological disorder affecting millions
of individuals, limiting their potential, affecting their families,
and interfering with many aspects of their daily lives. For girls
and women, ADHD is often a hidden disorder, ignored or misdiagnosed
by the educational and medical communities causing these girls and
women to suffer in silence. To address this problem, the National
Center for Girls and Women with ADHD was founded in 1997 by Patricia
Quinn, M.D. and Kathleen Nadeau,
Ph.D. to promote awareness, advocacy, and research on ADHD
in women and girls. Over the years, we have continued this work at The Center.
Current diagnostic criteria that continue to emphasize
traits common to boys leave the majority of girls and women with
ADHD to remain undiagnosed and misunderstood. Improved knowledge
and a better understanding of girls and women with ADHD have the
potential to improve many lives and relieve countless women of the
shame with which they have grown up. To date, the medical community,
as well as the general population, remains ignorant of the unique
impact of ADHD on females, but that is changing.
Our job here is finished. We wish you well in your search for answers and hope that you will continue to spead the word about women and girls with ADHD. Remember, ADHD is a hopeful diagnosis. The greatest hurdle is knowing that that is what is affecting you. Once you clear that hurdle, effective treatment and endless possibilities await!