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Free Webinar Replay: Girls and Women with ADHD: Unique Risks, Crippling Stigma

In this hour long webinar on-demand, learn the truth about ADHD in girls and women, with Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D.

A generation ago, ADHD was widely considered a condition for boys. Girls may have anxiety or conduct problems, but not ADHD. What’s more, even some medical professionals insisted the condition vanished after puberty.

We now know that girls and boys are at equal risk for developing ADHD, and that it can often be a lifetime condition for either gender. What’s more, girls and women with ADHD have a tougher time making it through the world than do boys and men. The stigma surrounding ADHD is oftentimes stronger for women, which may delay assessment and intervention — especially when inattentive-type symptoms are mistaken for something else. The good news is that knowledge is power, and we know much more about ADHD in women than we once did.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • what ADHD looks like in girls
  • how many girls with ADHD mature into adults with ADHD
  • the developmental outcomes linked to ADHD in girls and women
  • how ADHD may present in adulthood for women with no childhood history or diagnosis
  • why stigma toward ADHD may be growing among those who haven’t been diagnosed with the condition
  • the most effective ADHD treatments for girls and women versus boys and men

Webinar replays include:

  • Slides accompanying the webinar
  • Related resources from ADDitude
  • Free newsletter updates about ADHD

Meet the Expert Speaker:

Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D., is professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as Department Chair from 2004-2011, and is vice chair of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. His work focuses on developmental psychopathology—peer and family relationships, neuropsychological risk factors, pharmacologic and psychological interventions for children with ADHD, assessment and evaluation, conceptual and definitional issues, mental health problems in teenage girls, the stigmatization of mental illness, and international training efforts. Hinshaw has written nine books, including The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money and Today’s Push for Performance.

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  1. For upcoming webinar on “Girls and Women with ADHD: Unique Risks, Crippling Stigma”: how often do you see girls with the combined-type of ADHD? It seems more often the diagnosis is for Inattentive type, but my daughter has combined-type, which I have said for years has been much more difficult because it’s more often the boys with that type. She dealt with teachers who I really believe just thought she was being a *itch and difficult, with a parent who was just making excuses for her. We have learned that her anxiety from ADHD manifests as anger, which contributed to her issues at school.

  2. What is your take or knowledge on women often misdiagnosed or less effectively treated (under medicated-missing window of effectiveness) due to women learning to mask their symptoms more efficiently than men?

    Can you give some examples of this masking symptoms? And how is that different than coping strategies? What can women or doctors due to avoid this pitfall in treatment/diagnosis?

  3. I want to thank Dr. Hinshaw and ADDitude magazine for this webinar-I learned so much about myself. As a woman who wasn’t diagnosed till 23 (and didn’t accept diagnosis till 37) so many patterns of behaviour and experience resonated with me: internalisation, substance abuse, executive functioning, peer rejection, suicidal ideation, non-suicidal self injury…truly, it was as if they had studied my life. This knowledge will help me accept myself for what I am instead of the raging hatred I typically feel for myself. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to listen to Dr. Hinshaw.

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