Girls with ADHD who are improperly diagnosed and treated will often be denied the classroom and lifestyle interventions that will immediately help them control their ADHD symptoms. They will not be placed on appropriate medication and will often miss out on the appropriate medical interventions that would have controlled their ADHD symptoms. This lack of medical care may only worsen their symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other co-morbidities.
Currently, mood disorders in adolescents and children are often treated with behavioral therapy first and medication only as a second option. This is, for all practical purposes, the opposite pattern that the treatment for ADHD follows.
Girls with ADHD are more likely to be Predominantly Inattentive and more likely to have coexisting depression or anxiety. They are less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD-PI and more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety and depression. They will be referred for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy because of a diagnosis of depression or anxiety but this treatment will help their symptoms of ADHD-PI or for that matter any other ADHD symptoms that they may have.