ADHD DISPARITIES BETWEEN GENDER AND AGE
Disparities in ADHD Presentation across
Gender and Age Classifications
Ever since being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the
second grade, I have been curious about this disorder and how it affects different people.
known many people who have this disorder, but at different degrees.
Could there be a difference
in adults rather than adolescents, male versus female?
I am hoping to shed more light on this
subject so that I might better understand my disorder.
Furthermore, when I was originally
diagnosed, I was classified as an ADHD adolescent.
This meant that I had Attention Deficit
Disorder with hyperactivity.
Recently, I was re-tested and newly classified with adult ADD
Could this have changed with age?
Before discussing the variances between age and gender, a brief description and
understanding of the disorder is essential.
ADHD is a disorder that influences multiple facets of
mood, cognitive abilities, behaviors, and daily life (Women and AD/HD, 2002).
the National Institute of Mental Health, ADHD is one of the most common mental disorders in
children and adolescents, and also affects an estimated 4.1 percent of adults (Kessler, Chiu,
Demler, & Walters, 2005, p. 617-627). Furthermore, approximately 70% of ADHD cases exhibit
other conditions including, but not limited to, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), mood (e.g.,
depression), anxiety, and conduct disorders (Robin & Barkley, 1998, p.54).
There are many different suspected causes for the separation of symptoms seen between