ADHD Differences Between Boys and Girls – 2021

with Mary Ann Richey & Sharon Saline, Psy.D.


ADHD shows up differently for boys and girls. While it is diagnosed more frequently in boys, there are many reasons that might be the case. In this informational interview, Psychologists Mary Ann Richey and Sharon Saline discuss ADHD for boys and girls across the lifespan, addressing topics such as diagnosis, developmental differences, impacts of puberty and gender, coping patterns, and more. They also explore risk factors such as substance use, cutting, sexuality, peer pressure, suicidal ideation, gaming addiction, and other difficult and important topics. 

Richey and Saline provide a longitudinal perspective on raising kids with ADHD—regardless of gender – and offer insights about what parents can do most to help. You don’t want to miss the information and recommendations offered in this conversation.


About Mary Ann Richey

Mary Anne Richey, M.Ed., is a Licensed School Psychologist in private practice in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with a special interest in ADHD. She has a wide range of public school experience ranging from teaching to administration in elementary, middle, and high school settings. She was selected Florida School Psychologist of the Year for 2012. She has spoken at national and international conferences on ADHD, executive functioning difficulties, and learning disabilities and has co-authored four books on ADHD and executive functioning difficulties, including Raising Boys with ADHD and The ADHD Empowerment Guide, both published by Prufrock Press. Learn more at https.//

About Sharon Saline, Psy.D.

Sharon Saline, Psy.D., clinical psychologist and author of the award-winning book, What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life and The ADHD Solution Card Deck specializes in working with kids, young adults and families living with ADHD, learning disabilities and mental health issues. Her unique perspective – as a sibling in an ADHD home, combined with decades of experience as a clinical psychologist and educator/clinician consultant – assists her in guiding families and adults towards effective communication and closer connections. She lectures and facilitates workshops internationally on topics such as understanding ADHD, executive functioning, anxiety, different kinds of learners and the teen brain. Dr. Saline is a regular contributor to and, a featured expert on MASS Appeal on WWLP-TV and a part-time lecturer at the Smith School for Social Work. Learn more at

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