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  • Writer's pictureCamille Pincock, MPAS, PA-C

Unmasking the Hidden Struggle of ADHD in Women


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has long been associated with children, particularly young boys bouncing off the walls. There are many studies on ADHD for men and children, but the research is sparse when it comes to women. The few studies that have been done have concluded that that women experience significant struggles that are often overlooked because their ADHD symptoms bear little resemblance to those of the male counterparts.


sad woman contimplating how she is feeling, wondering if she is depressed or has ADHD.


This lack of understanding can be attributed to a hidden side of ADHD in women. Unlike the stereotypical hyperactive child, women with ADHD often exhibit "internalizing" symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and difficulty managing emotions. These internal struggles can be easily missed, leading to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis altogether.


The Unique Challenges of ADHD in Women


Women with ADHD may experience a range of signs and symptoms, including:

  • Difficulty managing time

  • Disorganization

  • Feeling overwhelmed

  • History of anxiety and depression

  • Difficulty managing finances

Societal expectations can further mask ADHD in girls. Traits like attentiveness, calmness, and nurturing are often encouraged, potentially hiding underlying ADHD symptoms. As a result, girls with ADHD may go undiagnosed, struggling silently with focus, organization, and self-esteem.


The consequences of undiagnosed ADHD in women can be significant. It can negatively impact academic and professional achievements, strain relationships, and contribute to feelings of inadequacy. Even when hyperactivity diminishes with age, the cognitive and emotional aspects of ADHD often persist.


The Gender Gap in Diagnosis


Despite growing awareness, there remains a significant gap in understanding and diagnosing ADHD in women. Diagnostic tools were historically developed based on the presentation of ADHD in men, overlooking the female experience. This can lead to many women being misdiagnosed with mood disorders or anxiety.



Watch this video from BBC News discussing why women wait decades for an ADHD diagnosis.


Empowering Women with ADHD at Lonerock Clinic


ADHD in women is a complex and often misunderstood condition. By raising awareness of the unique challenges faced by women with ADHD, we can create a more inclusive and supportive society.


At Lonerock Clinic, we are committed to diagnosing and helping women with all mood disorders, including ADHD. We understand the unique challenges faced by women and offer a comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment.


Our goal is to empower you to manage your mood disorder or ADHD and reclaim your life. We offer a variety of evidence-based treatment options tailored to your individual needs. Don't suffer in silence. Take the first step towards feeling your best. Contact Lonerock Clinic today for a confidential appointment. We're here to listen without judgment and help you get back on track. Our goal, at Lonerock Clinic is to empower you to manage your mood disorder or ADHD and reclaim your life. We offer a variety of evidence-based treatment options to find what works best for you.


Ready to take the first step? Contact Lonerock Clinic today for a confidential appointment. We're here to listen without judgment and help you get back on track to feeling your best.



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