A high percentage of women with ADHD are misdiagnosed. *
ADHD Women are not lazy, selfish, spaced-out or unintelligent
Women with ADHD are frequently misdiagnosed. Because their symptoms were neglected or discarded, too many women grew up being labelled as lazy, selfish, spacey, or unintelligent. Take this self-test to check whether you have common ADD symptoms if you had a childhood of insults and poor self-esteem. Then, before seeking a diagnosis, share the data with your doctor.
Boys with ADHD cause more noticable distractions
Boys are three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ADHD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This isn't because girls don't have ADHD; rather, the symptoms are likely to be milder and more difficult to detect in comparison to boys.
Boys with ADHD are more likely to exhibit externalised symptoms such as acting out, impulsivity, sudden high-energy and screaming, according to research. Internalized symptoms such as inattentiveness, dyscalculia (lower math skills) and poor self-esteem are common in girls with ADHD.
ADHD Females learn to mirror and mask peers, quickly.
Females with ADHD tend to acquire betterr coping techniques due to the abiliity to quickly mirror peers (often called masking) and disguise their symptoms than males and therefore may go undiagnosed.
Anxiety and despair, which are frequent in female ADHD patients, might lead to misdiagnosis of depression or generalised anxiety disorders.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-V), divides ADHD symptoms into three categories: primarily hyperactive, mainly inattentive, and combination type. Medical practitioners continue to misunderstand and misdiagnose inattentive ADHD symptoms, mistaking them for mood problems, anxiety, or another ailmen (Like PMS or PMDD - or worse parenting stresses)
Girls and women are also more likely than boys and men to have inattentive ADHD. This is a contributing factor.
Speak to your healthcare practitioner if you or a child you care for is experiencing signs of ADHD. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is not a disease, therefore no cure is required, ADHD can be managed effectively. There are ways to manage troubling aspects and thrive with ADHD.
*If you are concerned you are an undiagnosed adult/woman with ADHD, always concerned consult a trained psychiatrist for a formal assessment and diagnosis: Bliss Logic are not medical professionals and the content we post on our site is not for diagnostic or treatment purposes.
While some people with ADHD may experience the indicators mentioned in our articles; you or others might not, and none of these symptoms definitively point to having ADHD. Only a doctor of psychology can provide a diagnosis after a proper evaluation.
If would like to complete an informal non-diagnostic questionnaire and see if you have indicators of ADHD, additudemag website has a decent one: (and plenty of additional living with ADHD/life hack resources).