1st Edition

Straight Talk about ADHD in Girls How to Help Your Daughter Thrive

By Stephen P. Hinshaw Copyright 2022

    Parenting a daughter with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is no easy path--especially because of the myth that the disorder is rare to nonexistent in girls. From pioneering researcher Stephen P. Hinshaw, this empowering guide provides vital information and advice to help you understand and meet your daughter's needs. Dr. Hinshaw delivers up-to-date facts on what ADHD is, why symptoms often appear differently in girls than in boys, why girls with ADHD behave the way they do, how to get an accurate diagnosis, and what treatments are most effective. There is so much pressure on girls to be "perfect"--and for those with ADHD, it feels especially hard to measure up. Learn concrete steps you can take to support your daughter's success from preschool through high school and beyond, while nurturing her confidence and self-worth.

    1. What Does ADHD Look Like in Girls?
    2. Does Your Daughter Have ADHD?
    3. What Is the Outlook for Girls with ADHD?
    4. What Do You Need to Know about the Causes of ADHD?
    5. Principles for Parenting a Girl with ADHD
    6. Core Treatments for ADHD in Childhood and Adolescence
    7. Educating Your Daughter with ADHD
    8. Helping Your Young Daughter with ADHD Thrive
    9. Helping Your Teenage Daughter with ADHD Thrive
    10. Looking Ahead
    Further Reading


    Stephen P. Hinshaw, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Vice-Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of California, San Francisco. An internationally known ADHD and stigma researcher and the author of numerous articles and books for scientists, professionals, and general readers, Dr. Hinshaw has received, among other awards, the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the American Psychological Association and the Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health from the National Academy of Medicine.He was recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    "Far too many girls with ADHD grow up without appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Parents have been yearning for a science-based book like this one to help them address the needs of their daughters, and finally, it is here! Dr. Hinshaw is one of the pioneers of studying ADHD in girls and following them to adulthood. There simply is no better book on this topic."--Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, author of Taking Charge of ADHD

    "Dr. Hinshaw provides a user-friendly treasure trove of information on ADHD in girls. As a leading expert in this area for decades, he skillfully navigates many of the controversies and misunderstandings while offering families state-of-the-art knowledge. While written for parents, the book is also valuable reading for professionals. Highly recommended!"--Timothy E. Wilens, MD, Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital; Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

    "This book provides a roadmap for parenting girls with ADHD. It resonates with our daughter's experiences so far, offers fantastic conversation starters for our family, and leaves us hopeful about the future. As a social worker and educator as well as a parent, I believe this book should be required reading for professionals who work with children and adolescents."--Brett C., San Francisco

    “A 'must read'! This unique book covers everything you need to know about the long-overlooked challenges facing girls with ADHD. It outlines the most effective evidence-based treatments and how they can be tailored to help girls thrive. The pages are filled with sage advice as well as inspiration and hope."--Linda J. Pfiffner, PhD, Professor and Director, Hyperactivity, Attention, and Learning Problems Program, University of California, San Francisco

    "I am profoundly grateful for Dr. Hinshaw's wisdom and compassion for families, along with his scientific knowledge. He has an extraordinary talent for explaining complex ideas. As an adult with ADHD and learning disabilities, and as a parenting coach, I'm heartened that Dr. Hinshaw emphasizes the concepts of radical acceptance and radical commitment to changing the family climate. I wish my parents had had this book when I was growing up!"--Rona Renner, RN, author of Is That Me Yelling?: A Parent's Guide to Getting Your Kids to Cooperate Without Losing Your Cool

    "The leading authority on ADHD in girls, Dr. Hinshaw distills decades of research evidence in this accessible how-to guide. He empathically walks you through getting an accurate diagnosis, obtaining individualized school services, and finding effective treatments. Dr. Hinshaw’s goals are to destigmatize ADHD in girls and empower you to help your daughter live her best life. This book is a 'must read.'"--Andrea Chronis-Tuscano, PhD, Joel and Kim Feller Endowed Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland

    "There is no one better equipped than Dr. Hinshaw to distill all we know (and still don't know) about the unique ways ADHD affects girls. As a family member of many people with ADHD, I couldn't put this book down. As a teen psychologist who works predominantly with girls who have ADHD, I'll be handing it out in the waiting room! Buy this book--your neurodiverse daughter will thank you, and you'll return to it again and again."--Esme A. L. Shaller, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

    "Backed by Dr. Hinshaw's decades of careful research and clinical care, this authoritative, practical, and compassionate guide will be immensely useful to parents and professionals alike."--Stephen P. Becker, PhD, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center-