This is the thirteenth in a series of brief posts during October — global ADHD Awareness Month. Each features a quote that relates to ADHD and neurodiversity.


For many girls with ADHD, their struggle is hidden–behind intense efforts to avoid notice, to please the teacher, and to get their work done. The brighter they are, the more easily they can hide their attentional difficulties, compensating with other strengths. Parents and professionals alike must be aware that young girls may successfully avoid overt difficulties for many years.

– Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ellen B. Littman, Patricia Quinn, Understanding Girls with ADHD: How they feel and why they do what they do


The three women who wrote the book from which today’s quote was taken are leading experts on ADHD in women and girls. As stated in the Foreword of the book, “. . . a history of neglect of females with ADHD is a dispiriting legacy to overcome.” There is a lot of misinformation and ignorance about ADHD in general, but there is much more to be learned about how it shows up in women and girls.

Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, one of the authors of today’s quote, will be the keynote speaker at an event one week from today. The NoVA/DC Chapter of CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD) is holding a resource fair on October 20, 2018 from 8am – 1pm in McLean, Virginia. Dr. Nadeau’s topic will be “ADHD Across the Lifespan: Understanding and Treating ADHD.” The resource fair will also include three breakout sessions and more than thirty exhibitors with information and services to offer.

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