Less disruptive in school
Because girls with ADHD are less likely to be hyperactive and impulsive, they’re generally seen as less disruptive in school. “You could say that boys with ADHD frequently stand out more in the crowd than their female peers,” says Griffin. This may be one reason why ADHD in girls is often underdiagnosed.
An inability to focus is one of the key symptoms of ADHD. Boys and girls can both struggle to pay attention. But compared to boys, says Griffin, girls are more likely to seem like they’re daydreaming, withdrawn, or distracted when they’re in class.