Dyslexia is a learning disorder characterized by difficulty in reading. Children and adults with dyslexia have normal intelligence but experience challenges with spelling, reading and writing words. There are also positive traits with dyslexia. See the infographic below:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), boys are more likely to receive a diagnosis of ADHD due to the symptoms in girls are more subtle and typically do not fit the stereotype. Girls are more likely to daydream, fidget, chatty, overly emotional, and appear “less difficult or “less difficult” than boys.
Women with ADHD are more likely to eating disorders, obesity, low-self-esteem, depression and anxiety.The following websites provide helpful information on ADHD for women and girls.
Signs and Symptoms
- The following sites includes information on identifying the signs and symptoms of ADHD in both women and girls.
ADHD in girls: Symptoms, treatment and more (Healthline)
Gender differences in ADHD (Psych Central)
Common ADHD symptoms in women totally ADD ( Totally ADD)
Common symptoms of ADD and ADHD in women (Health Central)
How ADHD is different for girls (WebMD)
It’s different for girls with ADHD (The Atlantic)
Understanding ADHD in Women (U.S. News)
Understanding the signs of ADHD in girls (Very Well)
Women and Girls– by National Resources on ADHD (CHADD)
- Managing a child diagnosed with ADHD can be challenging. The following articles share tips on raising a child with ADHD. Additional information includes strategies for both children and teens with ADHD.
8 secret tips for parents of children with ADHD (Empowering Parents)
12 rules for parenting a child with ADHD (ADDitude)
ADHD parenting tips (Help Guide)
Does your parenting style work for ADHD (Impact ADHD)
Parenting teenagers with ADHD (Healthy Children)
Your ADHD child: Easy parenting techniques (Child Development Institute)
Resource Articles- Girls
- The following links includes articles specifically on girls with ADHD including parenting a child with ADHD and unique challenges girls face.
Advice for parenting girls with ADHD (Lifescript)
How girls with ADHD are different (Child Mind Institute)
Understanding girls with ADHD symptoms and strategies (Great Schools)
- Below includes a listing of resources on a variety of articles specifically for women with ADHD. Women face a number of challenges including managing and organizing the home and workplace. Additional challenges may include raising a child also diagnosed with ADHD. (ADHD is often inherited).
6 ways to manage clutter with ADHD (Health Center)
ADHD: A women’s issue (American Psychological Association)
ADHD is different for women (The Atlantic)
Adult women are the new face of ADHD (The Daily Beast)
Against the wind: How it feels to be a woman with ADHD (ADD Free Sources)
Is ADHD different for women and girls (Scientific American)
Suffering in Silence: Women with adult ADHD (Medicine. Net)
The hidden struggle for women with ADHD (Broadly)
“That explains everything!” Discovering my ADHD in Adulthood (ADDitude)
- There are a number of websites that are geared towards women with ADHD. I like the websites described below. These sites are written by women with ADHD which includes personal stories and helpful information.
ADHD Roller Coaster– Author, Gena Pera’s website provides news and essays on adult ADHD
Kaleidoscope Society– A website for and by women with ADHD
Smart Girls with ADHD– A website written by women with ADHD includes resources and personal stories.
- The following sites includes a checklist and testing if you believe you have diagnose of ADHD.
February 13th is the first day of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Week. Here are some facts on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy:
- It is one of the nine types of muscular dystrophies
- Duchenne muscular dystrophy was first described by French neurologist, Guillaune Benjamin Amand Duchenne in the 1860’s.
- It is an inherited disorder
- It is caused by an absence of dystrophin, a protein that bonds the muscle cell
- It is characterized by progressive muscle degeneration
- It occurs in about 1 out of every 3,600 male infants
- Risks include a family history of Duchenne muscular dystrophy
- Symptoms start appearing between the ages of 3-5.
- By the age of 12, most males affected may lose their ability to walk
- Breathing difficulties and heart disease usually start by the age of 20
- Very rare are females affected by the disease.
- Early symptoms include muscle weakness in the hips, pelvic area, thighs and shoulders.
- By teen years, the heart and respiratory muscles are affected.
- Duchenne muscular dystrophy carriers are females with one normal dystrophin gene on one x chromosome and an abnormal dystrophin gene on the other x chromosome
- Most carriers do not show any signs or symptoms.
- Affected children may have delayed motor skills including sitting, standing and walking.
- Survival into the early 30’s is becoming more common due to advances in cardia and respiratory care.
- Duchenne is associated with a heart disease that weakens the cardiac muscle
- Between 400 and 600 boys in the United States are born with these conditions each year.
- there are a few cases which results from new mutations in affected males
- steroid drugs can slow the loss of muscular strength
- There is no known cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy