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20 March 2008

ADHD harder on women

Although boys with ADHD appear to be more impulsive and troubled than their female counterparts, in adulthood the condition seems to have more impact in women than in men.

Although boys with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appear to be more impulsive and troubled than their female counterparts, in adulthood the condition seems to have more impact in women than in men.

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Reimherr of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and his colleagues describe their analysis of data from two clinical trials of Strattera, known generically as atomoxetine, in adults with ADHD.

Worse in women
More women (75 percent) had combined-type ADHD than did men (62 percent). Women also had higher scores on measures of anxiety and depression and had more sleep problems.

Poor temper control, mood volatility, and emotional over-reactivity were more common in women (37 percent) than in men (29 percent).

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, February 2008. – (Reuters Health)


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