ADHD in Women is Different (usually)
Most women and girls with ADHD have the inattentive type, ADHD without the hyperactivity. The result is that as children they are less often diagnosed because they simply underperform instead of causing trouble, unlike the boys, who tend to have the mixed type, including hyperactivity.
Many women do not have symptoms that get attention until adulthood, when a change in the nature of responsibilities – jobs, motherhood, managing a household -begins to highlight their ADHD.
The treatment approaches to both male and female ADHD are about the same.
Medical research, including on ADHD, has tended to be male focused for several reasons, some misogynistic and some practical. Thus women have been short changed in getting the proper medical attention and treatment they deserve. (I will not object if this statement provokes some outraged comments.)
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