Now I see that I did what parents of girls with ADHD often do. We assume that, just because they don't look like boys with ADHD -- disrupting classrooms and climbing the walls in school and at home -- everything must be fine.
According to the NPR report by Patti Neighmond, and an accompanying blog post by Nancy Shute, that's exactly the trouble: girls with ADHD don't act out, so their problems often go undiagnosed. Then when they get to college, all hell breaks loose. And then life gets even more complicated: the young women finish college, get jobs, marry and have kids, and try to juggle everything. According to a report by Express Scripts that was the subject of the blog post, when undiagnosed ADHD bumps up against this frenetic lifestyle, things might get so bad that the attention problem finally gets recognized and treated. That helps explain one rather astounding statistic: the percentage of women aged 26 to 34 who are taking Ritalin and other ADHD drugs has, in the past five years, shot up 85 percent.