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While an early diagnosis is best, a diagnosis at any age can start a woman on a new path that will change her life for the better. An ADHD diagnosis, in childhood or beyond, is the first and most crucial step toward effectively managing symptoms.
Simply put, a diagnosis can change a life. In large part, this is because the disorder often presents differently in females and in males — manifestations influenced by biology or by societal standards, among other factors. Current clinical criteria are not set up to for these differences.
Yet this stereotypical boy does not represent every person with ADHD, or the variety of ways its symptoms present and affect individuals. This archetype is certainly not the way ADHD is often seen in girls. Instead, girls are more likely to exhibit symptoms in the third category: inattention.
Something as simple as picking cuticles can be a subtle of ADHD! And the girl who never seems to pay attention in class, but who always goes above and beyond on every asment and gets incredible grades. The s are also there in the young woman who seems like she had everything figured out — until she reaches college. These s of ADHD are often missed in females.
At worst, these s may be misinterpreted as laziness, irresponsibility, rudeness, or another negative quality. Parents, for example, may scold their daughter for forgetting to do homework or having a messy bedroom, viewing both as clear s of irresponsibility — instead of symptoms of ADHD.
Many girls who unknowingly struggle with this disorder internalize these misinterpretations. As the criticisms accumulate, their self-esteem plummets. They begin to feel shame and confusion, and they question their ability to handle seemingly simple aspects of life. Girls and women with ADHD often find it difficult to concentrate in school and in the workplace. Undiagnosed, some may overcompensate for their difficulties, going above and beyond with lists upon lists, noise-cancelling headphones, and other carefully planned strategies.
ADHD can also make navigating social situations difficult. Low self-esteem and chronic shame often lead to other mental health issues and disruptions in the lives of undiagnosed women with ADHD. This helps to explain why anxietymood disorders, and even self-harming behaviors are so common in this group. By the time a diagnosis is made, the patient has likely had noticeable symptoms of one of these comorbid conditions for years.
Undiagnosed ADHD in women has far-reaching consequences that can impact every area of life. While an early diagnosis is best, a diagnosis at any age can start a woman on a new path, unlocking the tools, supports, and treatments that can help her manage ADHD and change her life for the better. We need to start recognizing ADHD in women. This is not a male-specific disorder. Women, take your concerns seriously.
Your struggles may be pointing to ADHD, even if the notion seems far-fetched to you. Talk to a professional and get tested — it is so essential. Clinicians play a role, too. To support our mission of providing ADHD education and support, please consider subscribing.
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