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These references cover various aspects of ADHD in women and girls, including gender differences, clinical implications, and treatment considerations.

Certainly, here are specific research references related to ADHD in women and girls:

1. Young, S., & Bramham, J. (2007). ADHD in Adults: A Psychological Guide to Practice. Wiley. [Link](

2. Quinn, P. O., & Madhoo, M. (2014). A review of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in women and girls: Uncovering this hidden diagnosis. The primary care companion for CNS disorders, 16(3), PCC.13r01596. [PubMed](

3. Hinshaw, S. P., & Blachman, D. R. (2005). Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in girls. In R. R. Corrado, R. Roesch, S. D. Hart, & J. Gierowski (Eds.), Multi-problem violent youth: A foundation for comparative research on needs, interventions and outcomes (pp. 41-56). IOS Press. [Link](

4. Rucklidge, J. J. (2010). Gender differences in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Psychiatric Clinics, 33(2), 357-373. [ScienceDirect](

5. Biederman, J., Faraone, S. V., Spencer, T., Wilens, T., Mick, E., & Lapey, K. (1995). Gender differences in a sample of adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Psychiatry Research, 53(1), 13-29. [PubMed](

6. Arnold, L. E. (1996). Sex differences in ADHD: Conference summary. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 24(5), 555-569. [PubMed](

7. Gaub, M., & Carlson, C. L. (1997). Gender differences in ADHD: A meta-analysis and critical review. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 36(8), 1036-1045. [PubMed](

8. Nussbaum, N. L. (2012). ADHD and female specific concerns: A review of the literature and clinical implications. Journal of Attention Disorders, 16(2), 87-100. [SAGE Journals](

9. Quinn, P. O. (2005). Treating adolescent girls and women with ADHD: Gender-specific issues. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 61(5), 579-587. [Wiley Online Library](

10. Owens, E. B., Hinshaw, S. P., Lee, S. S., & Lahey, B. B. (2009). Few girls with childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder show positive adjustment during adolescence. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 38(1), 132-143. [Taylor & Francis Online](

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Woman & ADHD

Feeling Confused & Frustrated?

If you're a woman struggling with symptoms that don't seem to fit the typical ADHD profile, you're not alone.


Many women experience ADHD differently than men, often leading to feelings of confusion and frustration. Your challenges may have been misunderstood or misdiagnosed, and you might feel overwhelmed by how your symptoms interact with your daily life, especially during significant hormonal changes.


This article aims to shed light on these unique experiences, offering understanding and guidance in navigating the complexities of ADHD in women.


Differences in ADHD Symptoms in Girls and Women

1. Less Hyperactivity, More Inattentiveness:

Girls with ADHD often exhibit less hyperactivity and impulsivity than boys. They are more likely to display symptoms of inattentiveness, such as daydreaming, being easily distracted, or having difficulty focusing on tasks.

2. Internalizing Symptoms:

Girls with ADHD may internalize their struggles, leading to anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. These internalizing symptoms can mask the underlying ADHD, making it harder to diagnose.

3. Social Challenges:

Girls with ADHD might have difficulties in social situations due to their symptoms. They may struggle with maintaining friendships, understanding social cues, or may be seen as overly talkative or emotionally reactive.

Misdiagnosis and Underdiagnosis in Women

Many women with ADHD are misdiagnosed or go undiagnosed for years. This is partly because ADHD symptoms in women often align less with the traditional hyperactive presentation commonly associated with the disorder.


Instead, their symptoms might be attributed to other conditions such as anxiety, depression, or mood disorders. Additionally, societal expectations and stereotypes about gender behavior can lead to an under-recognition of ADHD in women.

Hormonal Impact on ADHD

Hormones play a significant role in the manifestation of ADHD symptoms in women, particularly during key life stages:

1. Puberty:

The onset of puberty can exacerbate ADHD symptoms due to fluctuating estrogen levels, which can impact neurotransmitter activity related to attention and executive functioning.

2. Menstruation:

Many women report a worsening of ADHD symptoms during certain phases of their menstrual cycle, likely due to hormonal fluctuations.

3. Pregnancy:

Pregnancy can lead to either an increase or decrease in ADHD symptoms. Changes in hormone levels during pregnancy can affect ADHD symptoms differently for each woman.

4. Menopause:

The transition into menopause can bring significant hormonal changes, potentially leading to an intensification of ADHD symptoms. Decreased estrogen levels may particularly impact memory and cognitive functions.

Executive Functioning and Co-Existing Conditions

ADHD in women often coexists with other conditions, which can complicate diagnosis and treatment. Common coexisting conditions include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and sleep disturbances. These conditions can interact with ADHD, impacting executive functioning skills such as organization, time management, and emotional regulation. 

If you find yourself relating to these experiences, remember that you are not alone, and help is available. Our team of therapists is here to support you.


We understand the unique challenges that come with ADHD in women, and we're committed to providing personalized care that addresses your specific needs.


Don't hesitate to reach out to us for help in managing your symptoms, understanding your condition, and finding strategies that work for you. Together, we can navigate the path towards a more fulfilling and manageable life.

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Signs of ADHD in Women

Signs of ADHD in Women

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