Updated 03 December 2015

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New research shows ADHD manifests itself differently in the brains of girls compared to the brains of boys.

Females are more likely to present with the inattentive symptoms of ADHD, while males are more likely to present with hyperactive and impulsive features of ADHD.

The differences seen in the brain functioning of people with ADHD, regardless of sex, is generally in the same larger region of the brain, the frontal lobe. The frontal lobe controls executive functioning, which involves impulse control, decision-making, cognitive flexibility and planning.

But, the findings don't yet suggest unique treatment options for ADHD and, along with stimulant medication, interventions should include rewards and consequences to shape behaviour, learning better problem-solving skills and increasing effective communication between parents and child.

Head on over to our ADHD Centre for more on managing the condition.


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