June 18, 2023
ADHD in women with a lower prevalence than men
According to data from the US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the prevalence of ADHD in US adults is 4.4%. When broken down by gender, the prevalence rate is 5.4% for men and 3.1% for women, meaning that men have about a 75% higher prevalence of ADHD than women.
Given that ADHD is a neurological disorder that can affect individuals of all ages and genders, the difference in prevalence between men and women is interesting.
According to an analysis of ADHD treatment data from the Korea National Health Service, the number of female patients with ADHD in their 30s increased about sevenfold from 2016 to 2020. this is that the condition is often undiagnosed in childhood, and it is often discovered later in adult while diagnosing depression, anxiety, and other disorders that come along with ADHD.
Why is ADHD in women harder to detect?
One of the reasons for the difficulty in diagnosis is the focus on the ADHD symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, which are mainly characteristic of boys' ADHD.