Understanding Women with ADHD

A gray table with a spiral bound journal with a list of ADHD symptoms. Next to the journal is an ink pen. Tara Winstead/Pexels

Most mainstream research fails to address the differences between ADHD in women and men. While the symptoms are often the same, women are also negatively impacted by gender norms, hormones, and low self esteem. Women and health care providers alike need to better understand these gendered differences so that fewer women go undiagnosed, and fewer are misdiagnosed with a mood disorder such as anxiety or depression.

“Research shows that ADHD exacts a greater toll on women than it does on men. Clinicians need a different set of tools for diagnosing and treating the disorder across genders — and women deserve a better understanding of how the disorder affects them.”