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ADHD in Women: The Signs You Need to Know 

Women with ADHD are a mystery. Why? They’re quiet. Suffering from within. What can we do for them?

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder. While it is growing for males (12.9%), only 4.9% of women are diagnosed. This is because females develop better coping skills.

  • Lack of concentration
  • Trouble making friends
  • Distractibility
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Daydreaming

Traveling back on the WayBack Machine…

I call this story “Keep it hidden.”

Oh! An adult professional. She left the “needs and concerns” section blank. Fortunately I know what’s up. A disability.

Conversations are mandatory. “Hi. I’m Edie Brown, an academic therapist. Tell me about yourself.”

  • I have problems remembering things.
  • I try to avoid potential work overloads.
  • I sabotage myself all the time.
  • I can’t figure out how to use technology at work and in my personal life.
  • It’s hard for me to learn new things.
  • I don’t have friends and I hate being around my co-workers.

Yup. ADHD.

Moral? Seek support that is specially trained.

 

Symptoms change with age. Eating disorders are common. Stress draws about substance abuse. Low self-esteem manifests as attributing success to luck or chance.

Research at the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) shows that 80% of girls medicated in their teens continue through adulthood. Stimulant medications and therapy are commonly used for problems associated with ADHD. Alternative treatments are increasing in use.

  • Elimination diets
  • Supplements
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Memory training
  • Neurofeedback

Women with ADHD benefit from professional support. They are most effective when there is a personal buy-in. Be consistent by providing clarity.

  • Collaborate on limits.
  • Develop a firm schedule.
  • Set up a reminder system.
  • Get plenty of sleep (sleeping routine).
  • Work with spouses.

Being a woman with ADHD is a challenge that only few understand. Sometimes they need to take a time out when you’re ready to blow. Give yourself permission to take a break. Heading toward the bathroom is inconspicuous. Try it.

Question: Would you tell your employer that you have ADHD to receive accommodations? Leave  a comment below.

 

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