Girls with ADHD often try to compensate for their symptoms by putting all of their energy into things they do well. (This isn’t as common in boys.) But their outward success in one area can make it harder to notice their struggles in other areas.
Here’s an example. A teenage girl with ADHD is known for being a strong writer, and it’s a source of pride for her. When she has a writing assignment, she gets hyperfocused and works overtime to get a high grade.
At the same time, she misplaces her take-home math test, forgets to walk the dog, and misses softball practice. Her grades are good, but her drive for success and her perfectionism create a lot of stress.
Learn more about
ADHD and perfectionism
. And read how one woman
with ADHD struggled with perfectionism as a teen