For young girls and women, ADHD will often go undiagnosed and untreated for many years due to symptoms generally being less hyperactive than young boys and men. Hyperactive symptoms are much more obvious during childhood and hence why boys are more likely to be diagnosed and treated for the condition. ADHD in males tends to be labelled as ‘Hyperactive ADHD’ and for females, ‘Inattentive ADHD’, also known as ADD.
ADHD symptoms can present themselves very differently for each child. Parents may have a son who has been diagnosed with ADHD and a daughter who is having trouble concentrating in school, but they would never consider that their daughter might also have ADHD because the symptoms can differ greatly.
ADHD symptoms in girls are commonly assumed to be their personality traits rather than a medical condition. Girls tend to be labelled a “chatterbox” or “daydreamers” which is why they often go untreated.
Women with undiagnosed ADHD often have a comorbid generalised anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive symptoms or depression.
Other signs and symptoms of ADHD in women include:
· A poor work record due to forgetfulness, poor concentration, indecisiveness and often insomnia.
· The breakdown of relationships due to frustrations, misunderstandings and resentments.
· Feeling introverted, withdrawn and socially isolated in work and social environments.
· Difficulty processing information, despite their level of intelligence.
· Finding it difficult to focus on a single task – easily side-tracked and distracted by things going on around them or by their own thoughts.
· Often feeling overwhelmed by noise, sights, contact and communication.
· A low tolerance for stress and sensitivity to criticism.
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