This site has been developed to help you learn more about AD/HD in girls and women. We hope you find the information contained here useful and that you come back often as we add content and other features.
AD/HD 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, AD/HD 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 AD/HD was founded in 1997 by Patricia Quinn, M.D. and Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D. to promote awareness, advocacy, and research on AD/HD in women and girls. 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 AD/HD to remain undiagnosed and misunderstood. Improved knowledge and a better understanding of girls and women with AD/HD 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 AD/HD on females, but that is changing.