ADHD Women: An Underreported Health Problem
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in women is largely under-diagnosed. A large reason is that women (and girls) are more likely to display symptoms of inattention rather than hyperactivity.
As a result, their behavior is less likely to garner the attention of teachers and parents compared to hyperactive boys who are a generally easy to recognize.
Rather, girls and women with ADHD are often labeled "daydreamers" or "spacey." They often suffer in silence with a fully treatable condition due to popular misconceptions that Attention Deficit only affects boys or that Attention Deficit must always include symptoms hyperactivity.
Untreated ADD/ADHD has serious consequences than many fail to realize. Those who suffer from ADHD are at increased risk of other mental illness (depression, anxiety, bipolar, etc.), substance abuse, addiction, and are more accident prone.
Also, untreated mental illness/conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder cost billions per year in terms of health costs and lost productivity.
A Closer Look At ADHD Symptoms
The core diagnostic elements of ADHD in women are divided into three categories: inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity.
1) Inattention symptoms include difficulty paying attention, careless mistakes in school or work assignments, being easily distracted, inability to focus on a given task, difficulty completing tasks, disorganization, misplacing objects, and forgetfulness.
These symptoms result in negative consequences with respect to academic and work performance. As a result, this may have long-term impact on sufferers' ability to advance academically or maintain stable adult employment.
2)Hyperactive symptoms include fidgeting, squirming, restlessness, racing thoughts, excessive talkativeness, and interrupting others.
3) Impulsive symptoms include impatience, frequently interrupting others, difficulty waiting for one's turn, engaging in risky behaviors with little regard for the consequences (gambling, drinking, taking risks while driving, etc).
Also, there is great at-home ADHD management program called 30 Days To Better Focus that is created by an adult with ADHD.
In her guide, she documents the steps she took to overcome her ADHD, finish college with high GPA, and start her own successful business. Even if you do not suffer from ADHD, it is an inspiring story!
This type of treatment guide can be highly valuable to ADHD sufferers because not only is it effective, but it is written from the perspective of someone with ADHD. This helps to overcome the frustration many ADHD sufferers feel when doctors and other treatment providers cannot fully understand what it is like to suffer from the condition.