ADHD proven to present different in girls, causing misdiagnosis often

FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - A new study shows 75% of girls with ADHD go misdiagnosed, doctors say, that's mainly because of the symptoms.

"I don't think it goes misdiagnosed for boys," says clinical therapist, Dr. Recco Richardson.

But ADHD in girls doesn't present the same red flags as it usually does in boys.

"For girls, she would probably be diagnosed with some type of depression," Richardson says. "I had a hard time initially when I started out 20 years ago in the field telling the difference."

Clinical Therapist, Dr. Recco Richardson, says for boys it's pretty cut and dry, but for girls those symptoms are less talked about.

"Boys tend to be a little bit more overt. With the touch, and the hitting and the running, they cant stop moving around," Richardson says. "But ADHD girls age 8-12, it shows almost like shes depressed. For her, the social aspect of her being takes the hardest hit when shes ADHD."

Dr. Richardson says that's why many young girls are misdiagnosed with depression instead of ADHD.

"I don't think it goes misdiagnosed for boys, but for girls, she would probably be diagnosed with some type of depression," Richardson explains. "Because she internalizes it and it comes out in her social interactions. When she cant have certain things and when she cant feel certain ways, it looks like depression."

According to Richardson, the best way to help a child both male and female with ADHD, is to give them structure, a healthy diet, and teach them coping skills.