Because attention deficit disorder affects women differently than how it affects men, many women are never diagnosed. They may live through their teens and adulthood feeling inadequate, anxious, or depressed without knowing the reason behind their challenges. Anxiety and depression can be co-occurring conditions or they can be a result of an undiagnosed woman feeling like there is something “wrong” with her and no matter how much she tries, she will never be able to measure up.

Although it’s usually more complicated than a few simple words, some adjectives to describe women with ADD/ADHD are inattentive, forgetful, disorganized, always late, impulsive, overwhelmed, and distracted. Hyperactivity can also fit, although that trait is more common in men. If a women does have hyperactive traits, it is more likely to show up mentally, emotionally, or verbally rather than physically.

If you can relate to the descriptions above and feel those traits are holding you back from being the kind of person you would like to be or from meeting personal, academic or career goals, you may want to explore the possibility of an ADD/ADHD diagnosis. Here is a resource for a first step – an online test by Psychology Today. You can view the test here.

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Mimi Handlin, MSW, is a certified Life and ADHD Coach. She has been coaching in Seattle and nationwide since 2003 and has a special interest in coaching women, college students, and young adults to help them live with more direction and success.

As well as helping her clients gain more control over the practical aspects of life, she is also a certified stress reduction coach and teaches interested clients skills in self-care, self-awareness, and relaxation to improve their well-being and better manage adult ADHD symptoms. Mimi is compassionate, non-judgmental, supportive, and flexible in her approach to coaching. If you are interested in learning how ADHD coaching can help you or a loved one, please schedule a free consultation below.
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