Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a highly controversial diagnosis. Many don’t believe the disorder is even real, but parents of the children diagnosed with it argue that their lives are extremely difficult because of it. Regardless of where we stand on the existence of ADHD and whether it’s an
organic disorder or a label we’re slapping onto kids who won’t fall in line with societal norms, one thing is glaringly apparent: boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed with it.
Why is this? Studies on the physical evidence of ADHD show no stark contrast between males and females, but their symptoms certainly do present differently. In boys, they tend to be hyperactive and struggle to complete tasks they are given. Whereas, in girls, they’re juggling too many tasks and jumping from one to the next constantly. This is just the tip of the iceberg. For the time being, science doesn’t seem to point to ADHD actually being more prevalent in males, but rather, symptoms that lead to diagnosis just being more obvious in males and subtler in females.