The 21st Show

Best Of: Bias in ADHD diagnosis


Editor's Note: This segment originally aired October 2021. Often when we think of someone with ADHD, a young white boy comes to mind, but while ADHD is more commonly diagnosed and treated in boys, the disorder is found across genders and races. For women, symptoms of ADHD can often be mistaken for something else, like anxiety or depression, making relief or management of symptoms even more difficult. To talk about the lack of diagnoses in Black children and women, we were joined by a doctoral student diagnosed with ADHD later in life, the founder of an online community for Black women, and a licensed counselor and professional psychology professor.

This interview originally aired on September 14, 2021. 


René Brooks 
ADHD Consultant, Black Girl Lost Keys 

Martine Soernskog
PhD Student, Chicago School of Professional Psychology 

Dr. Joshua Wyner
Head of the Marriage and Family Therapy Department, Chicago School of Professional Psychology | Clinical Neuroscientist | Licensed Therapist



Prepared for web by Zainab Qureshi

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