Women with ADHD: A Growing Concern

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While the exact cause of ADHD is unknown, it is thought to be related to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. According to a recent study, the number of women with ADHD is on the rise. This is causing many experts to take a closer look at how ADHD in Women manifests itself and how it can be effectively treated.

ADHD can cause problems in a woman’s personal relationships, her work life, and her overall mental and physical health. Women with ADHD often find it difficult to focus on tasks, are easily distracted, and may have difficulty completing tasks. They may also suffer from mood swings, anxiety, and depression.

While the disorder is most commonly diagnosed in childhood, it is often not recognized in women until they are adults. This is because the symptoms of ADHD can be very different in women than in men.

ADHD develops differently in women than it does in men

ADHD may present differently in women than in men, according to research. Women with ADHD may be more likely than men to:

  • suffer from anxiety and depression
  • spacing out during conversations
  • be forgetful
  • have eating disorders
  • face hypersexuality
  • be impatient
  • have insomnia
  • cry with deep emotion, anger, and feelings of guilt and shame
  • face shyness due to social anxiety and sensory sensitivities

Useful link: https://psychcentral.com/adhd/adhd-and-gender#recap

Women with ADHD often suffer in silence

Women with this disorder are often misunderstood and underdiagnosed. Symptoms of ADHD can be different in women than in men, making the condition harder to identify. 

According to Patricia Quinn, most people think that ADHD is a disorder of hyperactive school-aged boys. Teachers tend to suspect the disorder in boys. Even if they see that kind of behavior in girls, the girls go undiagnosed. 

Girls with ADHD are less likely to be diagnosed earlier because doctors misinterpret their symptoms with anxiety.  There’s a societal expectation that women should keep others organized. Women who can’t make it, often feel they don’t meet their expectations. It often leads to depression. This is why depression is a common diagnosis before ADHD diagnosis.

Consequently, women are likely to go misdiagnosed, and less likely to receive appropriate treatment. If you are concerned that you or someone you know may have ADHD, it is important to see a doctor

Useful links: https://chadd.org/adhd-news/adhd-news-caregivers/how-the-gender-gap-leaves-girls-and-women-undertreated-for-adhd/


Untreated ADHD can lead to a series of problems

Untreated ADHD in women can lead to a host of problems, both personal and professional such as::

  • Difficulty sustaining long-term relationships
  • Poor work performance and chronic underachievement
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Disorganized and messy living spaces
  • Financial problems
  • increased risk-taking behaviors

How ADHD Affects Relationships

ADHD can have a significant impact on relationships. ADHD symptoms can include impulsivity, which can lead to arguments or fights. Inattention can result in a partner feeling neglected, and hyperactivity can make a partner feel constantly on edge.

ADHD can also lead to mood swings, which can be hard for a partner to deal with. For example, a person with ADHD may be happy and carefree one minute, and then angry and upset the next.

It can be difficult for partners of people with ADHD to understand what is going on, and they may feel that they are constantly walking on eggshells. It is important to remember that ADHD is a real condition, and it is not the fault of either partner. With understanding and patience, however, many relationships can thrive.

ADHD and Employment

ADHD can present itself in several ways that can make it difficult to maintain employment. Women at work may have difficulty with time management, organization, and multitasking. They may also have a hard time concentrating, keeping track of details, and meeting deadlines. These symptoms can make it difficult to keep a job or to advance in a career.

There are a few things that women with ADHD can do to improve their employment situation. First, it is important to be honest with yourself about your ADHD symptoms and how they affect your ability to work. If you can identify your symptoms, you can then begin to look for accommodations that will help you to manage them.

Additionally, there are several resources available to help women with ADHD to find and keep employment. Finally, it is important to remember that everyone with ADHD is different, so what works for one person may not work for another. If you are struggling to find success in your employment, don’t be afraid to seek out help from a professional.

Resources for Women with ADHD

There are many great resources out there. Here are just a few:




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