4 Telltale Signs of ADHD in Women

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is extremely common, affecting both kids and adults. People who have ADHD exhibit symptoms of hyperactivity, inattention, or both, with symptoms so frequent, they interfere with normal daily living.

Many people mistakenly think ADHD occurs mostly in boys, which means girls and women who could benefit from treatment may not know they have the disorder. That bias may also be present within the medical community, influencing the accuracy and frequency of ADHD diagnosis among women.

Plus, women and girls tend to experience ADHD differently, making diagnosis even more problematic. The biggest difference is that boys tend to exhibit the “H” part of ADHD (hyperactivity) more than girls.

At Bowman Medical Group in Beverly Hills, California, our team offers ADHD treatment for both genders, tailoring treatment to each person’s specific symptoms and concerns. In this post, learn to recognize four signs that tend to occur more often among women diagnosed with the condition.

1. History of depression and anxiety

Recent research shows women with ADHD tend to have depression and anxiety more often, as well. In some instances, ADHD symptoms may be misdiagnosed as depression or anxiety, or the symptoms may “mimic” symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Researchers aren’t sure why this difference exists. ADHD symptoms can make it difficult to “fit in” to situations and environments, including social, school, and work environments. These effects of ADHD may trigger depression or anxiety more often among females than among males.

2. Easily distracted

In addition to finding it hard to stay focused, women may also be more prone to distractions that make it even harder to stay on task. Being easily distracted means it can be difficult to ignore or filter out what’s going on around you, and you may find your thoughts flit from one topic or activity to another.

Being easily distracted makes it hard to succeed in work and school environments, as well as social settings, leading to frustration, feelings of failure, and problems in relationships. People around you may feel you’re not paying attention to them or that you feel that what they have to say is unimportant.

3. Difficulty focusing on tasks

Women and girls often experience the “inattentive” side of ADHD more frequently, which means it’s harder for them to elicit and maintain focus on tasks at school work, or other environments. Specifically, women may find it difficult to remain focused on tasks that are routine or “boring,” or tasks that require sustained attention for a long time. 

Instead, they may find they daydream or their mind wanders to other activities or thoughts. The inattentive aspect of ADHD can make it difficult to study or complete work tasks, making it difficult to turn work in on time.

4. Poor time management and organization skills

Many women with ADHD also suffer from lapses in time management and organization. Being able to manage and organize your time and your space is critical for success at school, work, and home. Without these skills, you may find you’re chronically late for appointments or you forget events and obligations entirely. 

Being disorganized can also lead to a sense of failure, and it may seem like the world around you is chaotic and disorganized, as well. It’s easy to see how all four of these items can “feed” on each other, perpetuating a cycle that can make it difficult to lead a relaxed, productive life.

Custom ADHD therapy for every patient’s unique needs

While these four signs may be relatively common among women with ADHD, it’s important to know that there are other signs and symptoms, too. Luckily, therapy can help and the sooner you begin treatment, the sooner you can start feeling better.

To learn how our team can help, call 310-276-4003 to book an appointment with Bowman Medical Group today.

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