Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD affects about 5 percent of children, and about half of them will carry those symptoms into adulthood, says the American Psychiatric Association. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that numbers are even higher in smaller community samples. On top of that, many adults with ADHD have never been diagnosed.
Knowledge of ADHD in women at this time is extremely limited as few studies have been conducted on this population. Women have only recently begun to be diagnosed and treated for ADHD, and today, most of what we know about this population is based on the clinical experience of mental health professionals who have specialized in treating women. ADHD in young girls is often overlooked, the reasons for which remain unclear, and many females are not diagnosed until they are adults.
Not only is she an adult, she is female. Getting a diagnosis matters, especially if the person is impaired and they are suffering. It matters enormously because they can do something about it.
Illustration by Eleanor Doughty. On a bumpy shuttle ride to the Better Together Festival grounds, I sat next to Courtney, a woman I instinctively cast as "having it together. Two minutes of conversation revealed a more complicated reality. Courtney was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in middle school, anxiety and depression in high school, and ADHD just five months prior to the festival.
This article is from the archive of our partner. The other day, after two weeks of fruitless searching, I found my keys in the refrigerator on top of the roasted garlic hummus. In editorials and in waiting rooms, concerns of too-liberal diagnoses and over-medication dominate our discussions of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.
ADHD in women often goes undiagnosed. Too many women grew up being called lazy, selfish, spacey, or dumb because their symptoms were ignored or disregarded. If you endured a childhood of insults and low self-esteem, take this self-test to see if you exhibit common symptoms of ADD.
Females have a tendency to exhibit the inattentive type, which makes it hard to focus, pay attention to details, stay organized, listen, and remember things. For example, a girl might be thought of as spacey, a day-dreamer, forgetful, or chatty. Later in life, a woman might reach out for help for her ADHD, only to be diagnosed with depression or anxiety instead.
Millions of adults suffer from this so-called kid's condition that can cause memory problems, depression, and more. Are you one of them? Here's how to find out. Your mind darts from one thought to the next.
Going to the post office, paying bills, making a phone call -- these are my equivalent of those spider-in-a-box "Fear Factor" challenges. I was running late, so I hurried out of the subway to where I believed my appointment to be. Except, oops, that address was actually my gynecologist's office.
Juggling parenting and work responsibilities can simply be overwhelming. Women may feel they must be able to "do it all," yet feel defeated when they can't keep up. High expectations to be a "good girl" since childhood can make women with ADHD more vulnerable to these sensitivities. Time management is often an issue for women with ADHD.