ADHD in Women is Different — ADHD Tip O the Day 964


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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About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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7 Responses to ADHD in Women is Different — ADHD Tip O the Day 964

  1. Pingback: Women and ADHD part two — ADHD Tip O the Day 966 | ADDadultstrategies

  2. Denise Dion says:

    Hey Doug, good blurb, how what might symptoms look like in adult female? Can you give some examples …..


    • denise – the ADHD symptoms of the inattentive type, which most ADHD women have, are the same as in men but without the hyperactivity. distracted, procrastinating for sure. probably impulsivity, blurting out, poor judgement. etc. often with comorbid anxiety, depression, and maybe substance abuse. etc.
      specifically, difficulty getting to work on time, keeping house or room clean and uncluttered, keeping appointments, meeting deadlines, impulse buying. etc. it’s a booger.
      thank you for bringing this up, think i’ll use it in a post. and thank you for commenting and for all your support.
      best wishes

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  3. True to the letter. I’ve lived it and am living it. Well written 👍🏻😊


  4. Martha Puryear says:

    Good one! Love, M



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