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Women with ADHD

ADHD can present differently in females than males. This may lead to confusion with other issues, such as depression or anxiety. Women with ADHD tend to get a diagnosis in adulthood, whereas males often get diagnosed as children (although this is not always the case). At times, this can delay treatment of ADHD in women and girls. The thing is, undiagnosed women with ADHD may run a higher risk for certain problems and may find themselves struggling without knowing why.

Women with undiagnosed ADHD may also experience problems with substance use, risky or impulsive behaviour, problems at school or work, financial issues, eating disorders, or problems in relationships. Women with ADHD may also experience anxiety or depression alongside their ADHD symptoms. These issues tend to become more obvious during times of transition or increased stress.

The good news is that ADHD treatment is highly effective, regardless of gender or age of diagnosis. This may be a combination of medication and psychotherapy.* There are different tools and strategies that can be used to help people with ADHD. Additionally, mothers or parents who get treatment may see an improvement in their children who can then approach their ADHD management more effectively.

Since ADHD tends to run in families, it can be very helpful to take a family-based approach to managing ADHD. In my practice, I have worked with children, teens, and adults with ADHD and can help you and your family make a plan on how to deal with ADHD together.

*Please discuss medical treatment with your doctor as I am not able to provide medication or medical advice.

Mia Tamlin is a Canadian Certified Counsellor who holds a Masters in Counselling. She helps clients with self-esteem isses, relationship troubles, stress, and managing life's transitions. Her primary focus is working with teens, young adults, women, and people with ADD/ADHD.


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