Lately there seems to be more and more information circulating the internet with regard to women and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I have even noticed in my practice that women are now seeking assessments for ADHD after seeing a variety of social media platforms (e.g., TikTok; Instagram) post about this topic. While there are certainly issues with obtaining mental health information from these platforms, it has also been a helpful way for some women to recognize symptoms that may have been previously overlooked.
Many books and articles have recently discussed the topic of ADHD in women and girls, and one of the recurring themes is that women tend to be diagnosed later in life than men. There are a number of factors that are likely contributing to this phenomenon, but here are a few of the common reasons why women may be diagnosed with ADHD later in life:
There are a number of reasons why ADHD may be overlooked or diagnosed later in life for women and girls; however, this disorder seems to be gaining more attention with the prevalence of information circulating the internet on this topic. Mental health disorders are often multi-faceted and complex, which is why it is so important to seek appropriate evaluation and treatment from qualified professions. Comprehensive assessment can identify strengths and guide treatment and resources. The aim is to capitalize on your positive qualities and support your areas of difficulty. It is never too late to start living your best life with ADHD!
Data and statistics about ADHD. (2021). cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/data.html
Nadeau, K.G., Littman, E.B., & Quinn, P.O. (2015). Understanding girls with ADHD: How they feel and why they do what they do (2nd ed.). Advantage Books.
Written by Rachelle MacSorley, Registered Psychologist with Wildflowers