Research Spotlight: Brain Differences in Boys vs. Girls with ADHD


Recent research from Kennedy Krieger Institute found that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) manifests differently in the brains of girls than in the brains of boys. Among boys, ADHD-related brain abnormalities were observed in the area of the brain associated with basic motor control. In girls, the abnormalities were found in the brain area related to motivation and the ability to regulate emotions.

The results may help scientists better understand how ADHD affects boys and girls in unique ways. The study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, was covered by multiple news outlets, including U.S News & World Report, WebMD, and HealthDay.

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