When you picture someone with ADHD, do you think of a hyperactive little boy, bouncing off the walls? Many people do. ADHD also looks like me : a year-old woman firmly planted on the couch. In addition to dealing with the general joys of ADHD, women with the condition also experience a unique set of symptoms and challenges.
ADHD in Women Symptom Checklist
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The disorder interferes with the quality of life by intruding on day-to-day functioning. These are:. Adults who have significant problems with inattention, but exhibit few or no symptoms of hyperactivity, are said to have the predominantly inattentive presentation of ADHD. People with this type of ADHD have trouble paying attention to details, are easily distracted, often have trouble organizing or finishing tasks and often forget routine chores such as paying bills on time or returning phone calls.
Common ADHD Symptoms in Women: Sensitivity, Impulsivity…
What are some of the gender specific symptoms of ADHD in women? A female with ADHD may be less hyperactive and less impulsive than her male counterpart. Instead she may present with more subtle symptoms such as being disorganized, scattered, forgetful, introverted, withdrawn and socially isolated. She may have great difficulty keeping her focus on tasks, becoming side-tracked and easily distracted by things around her or even by her own thoughts. She may have a low tolerance for stress, feel extremely sensitive to criticism, and work hard to conform to adult expectations in hopes of gaining approval from others.
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.