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Understanding Girls with ADHD does not shy away from key areas of controversy. How, for example, can a family know whether it's ADHD or another set of problems that's the primary issue? How does one deal with the potential use of medication, which is plagued by bad press and abundant myths but which can, as part of a multi-faceted treatment plan, provide great benefit if the right dose is found and if the doctor works with the family to monitor positive effects and side effects carefully? What about longterm risk for eating pathology, substance abuse, and other difficult areas of impairment of salience for girls? How can girls and their families break through the thicket of negative expectations and sometimes toxic family interactions to pave the way for a different set of outcomes?  

Always sensitive, and without hesitation in providing an authoritative tone, this book will empower girls and their families in ways that are sorely needed. Its emphasis on gender-specific manifestations of ADHD and its inclusion of practical means of attacking the executive function deficits that plague girls and women with ADHD will ensure its continued status as core guidebook.

©2015 Advantage Books, LLC (P)2020 Tantor

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  • M. Desmond
  • 26-07-20

Important reading

This book is an important read for parents, teachers, councilors, and pediatricians. That said, it is a hard listen for parents. The statistics focused on in this book are primarily on the worst case scenario side. I wish the authors had provided more specific helps for parents who can’t afford private schools and expensive therapists in how they might initiate behavioral therapy techniques on their own. The book helped me understand my ADHD girls better and alerted me to behavioral red flags to look out for, but it did not provide information on what *I* can do to help them.

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