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  • Marinda Venter

ADHD IN WOMEN

Updated: Jul 7, 2023


ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects both males and females. However, it is often underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed in women and girls, leading to significant challenges and potential complications.

While the core symptoms of ADHD are similar across genders, there can be some differences in how it manifests in women. Here are a few key points to consider:

  1. Presentation: Girls and women with ADHD may exhibit less hyperactivity and impulsivity compared to boys and men. Instead, they may primarily struggle with inattention, disorganization, difficulty sustaining focus, and trouble with executive functions.

  2. Internalizing symptoms: Women with ADHD may be more likely to experience internalizing symptoms such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and emotional dysregulation. These symptoms can be particularly challenging and may contribute to difficulties in daily functioning.

  3. Social dynamics: Girls with ADHD often develop coping mechanisms to mask their symptoms, such as daydreaming, being overly talkative, or attempting to conform to societal expectations. This can make it harder for clinicians and educators to recognize their struggles and provide appropriate support.

  4. Diagnosis challenges: The diagnostic criteria for ADHD are primarily based on studies conducted with males, leading to potential bias and a lack of awareness regarding how the disorder may present in women. As a result, ADHD in females is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as other conditions like anxiety, depression, or eating disorders.

  5. Hormonal influences: Hormonal fluctuations, such as those occurring during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause, can impact ADHD symptoms in women. Some women may experience worsened symptoms during certain phases, requiring adjustments in treatment and support.

Welcome to New Discovery Psychological Services! We specialize in diagnosing and treating ADHD in women specifically. Our team of professional and experienced healthcare providers can help you understand your symptoms, as well as provide appropriate interventions such as therapy, medication, or lifestyle adjustments.

 






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