Myth: ADD occurs much more in boys than in girls.
Reality: In the past, boys have been diagnosed as hyperactive at about six to ten times the rate for girls. The reality is that the ratio is closer to fifty-fifty. Society expects that “boys will be boys” and bounce off walls, while conditioning little girls to act like “ladies,” which means that girls should be quiet, patient, and less physical than boys. A girl may express hyperactivity in more subtle ways, like bouncing a foot, tapping a pencil, or twirling a strand of hair as she daydreams. The little girl may be equally tuned out, but the little boy, the “squeaky wheel,” gets the attention.