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'I used to get really upset, frustrated and miserable about stuff.And I don't feel that way now – I've got loads of strengths, I'm proud of them and I've learned to play to them now.'Scott was not diagnosed until she was 46 years old.'I think historically boys can get away with saying a lot of things that girls couldn't, certainly when I was young – I went to school at a time when the girls went and did the needlework and the boys did woodwork.'Traditionally young girls are encouraged to suppress their boisterousness and this can have a knock-on effect for children with ADHD meaning that women are conditioned to suppress symptoms and are often left undiagnosed.
'I used to do quite poorly with exams and stress and stuff and basically in any situation where I might need to focus, I would often zone out.'ADHD is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity. But for people with ADHD, these symptoms can be so extreme that they can have a disruptive and often disabling impact on day-to-day life.
Dr Susan Young is a neuropsychologist working at Imperial College London who specialises in ADHD in women.
Sharing her knowledge of the condition she explained that ADHD is a chronic longstanding problem that continues well into adulthood.
She adds that using clinical diagnoses, researchers have found that 26 percent of people in prisons across the world have ADHD.
'I think it reflects a referral bias', said Dr Young.