Here is a simple 2 minute exercise in the tradition of mindfulness that can help people with ADHD slow down and be aware of what we are doing, what we meant to be doing, what we are feeling, and what comes next. By stopping for just a few minutes to check in with ourselves, we often end up moving at a faster rate because we’re more aware and directed. It really works!
Women with attention deficit disorder may find themselves facing challenges that cause stress, anxiety, feelings of inadequacy, and unhealthy thought and behavior patterns. An ADHD coach who is knowledgeable about how attention deficit disorder affects women can help clients lead more calm, healthy, and directed lives.
Hormonal changes connected to menopause can make every woman feel like she has ADHD because forgetting or losing things and having a fuzzy brain can be the norm. And if you do have attention deficit disorder, you may find that your symptoms worsen as you approach menopause.
Procrastination is a common trait for women with attention deficit disorder. I don’t think most people put things off just because they don’t want to deal with it. In my experience as an ADHD coach, procrastination is usually connected to an executive functioning challenge. Here are some reasons why we procrastinate:
Because ADHD was not diagnosed in girls until recently (the last decade or so), many women have had to endure a childhood of shame, being told they were lazy or they could do better if they just tried harder. And trying harder didn’t help. So they grew up feeling as if their challenges were because of a moral flaw or they were stupid or there was something intrinsically wrong with their character. Those feelings may have followed them into their teen years, young adulthood, and the present. Continue reading “How the Symptoms of ADHD Manifest in Women” »
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. Continue reading “ADHD and Women” »