Women with ADHD/ADD
ADHD is commonly thought of as a "little boy's disorder" and that is unfortunate because there are many women and girls struggling with ADHD/ADD symptoms in their lives.
Common Problems faced by women with ADHD
- chronic low self-esteem
- increased anxiety and depression
- time management challenges
- feeling overwhelmed and stressed
- higher risk for divorce, financial problems, and single parenting a child with ADHD
- eating disorders
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Women with ADHD fall through the cracks
If you are a woman with ADHD, then you have probably spent most of your life feeling misunderstood, overwhelmed with the demands of life, and losing hope that you'll ever get your head above water.
You might have decided to seek help from a therapist or doctor, only to be told that your issue is depression or anxiety - and your ADHD was totally missed, and therefore, not treated.
Most of the research on ADHD was done on young boys and more current research shows that ADHD/ADD looks different in girls and women than in boys. Females with ADHD are more typically of the inattentive type and their symptoms are more hidden and internal. The typical image of someone with ADHD is a little boy who is bouncing off of the walls.
Because of this, women are missed and dismissed.
Treatment for women with ADHD
Many women seek treatment for ADHD, but find it unhelpful because very few therapists are experienced in treating adult ADHD or the special concerns of women with ADHD.
Treatment for women with ADHD/ADD is goal-oriented and focused on solutions. Counseling also helps women to:
- manage emotions more effectively
- handle stress and life's ups and downs
- be more productive in daily tasks
- feel more confident in yourself and have increased self-esteem
Therapy can help provide support, structure, and focus.
As someone who was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, I know the unique challenges that women with ADHD face and how hard it is to find treatment that is helpful, supportive, and effective. You deserve to finally be happy and feel confident in your life.
There is hope!
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