Title of Abstract

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Affects the Sexes in Varying Ways

Poster Number

34

Submitting Student(s)

Ellery McNeill

Session Title

Poster Session 2

Faculty Sponsor (for work done with a non-Winthrop mentor)

Michael Lipscomb, Ph.D. & April Mustian, Ph.D.

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Biology

Abstract

There has been wide research on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which is a neurodevelopmental disorder that has a variety of effects. The vast majority of this research has been on men. Women are more likely to outwardly present the symptoms of the disorder as inattentive rather than as hyperactivity, which is more likely in males. This pattern, along with societal biases and misdiagnosis, means that females with ADHD are underdiagnosed. Through a comparison of the symptoms and presentation across the sexes, the path to diagnosis, and how the disorder is treated in regards to the sex of the affected individual, we can highlight the differences the gender plays in the overall course of ADHD treatment and diagnosis. Understanding these factors can help the medical community and society at large better respond to these differences to better provide for individuals with ADHD.

Start Date

15-4-2022 12:00 PM

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Affects the Sexes in Varying Ways

There has been wide research on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which is a neurodevelopmental disorder that has a variety of effects. The vast majority of this research has been on men. Women are more likely to outwardly present the symptoms of the disorder as inattentive rather than as hyperactivity, which is more likely in males. This pattern, along with societal biases and misdiagnosis, means that females with ADHD are underdiagnosed. Through a comparison of the symptoms and presentation across the sexes, the path to diagnosis, and how the disorder is treated in regards to the sex of the affected individual, we can highlight the differences the gender plays in the overall course of ADHD treatment and diagnosis. Understanding these factors can help the medical community and society at large better respond to these differences to better provide for individuals with ADHD.