[Self-Test] ADHD Symptoms in Women and Girls
Too many women grew up being called lazy, spacey, or dumb because their symptoms of ADHD were ignored or mislabeled as hormones or anxiety. Take this self-test to see if you exhibit the symptoms of ADD most common in women and girls. Then share the results with your doctor to seek a diagnosis.
What Are Common Symptoms of ADHD or ADD in Women?
Attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) is not gender biased. ADHD symptoms exist almost as often in girls as they do in boys, and the majority of kids with ADHD never outgrow it. What’s more, scientific research strongly suggests that ADHD is hereditary. Which means that, if you are the mother of a child with attention and impulsivity problems, you may have ADHD, too.
This comes as a surprise to many women who assume that ADHD is a diagnosis for hyper little boys. Indeed, it is not. According to the 5th edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, ADHD symptoms may fall into three categories: predominantly hyperactive, predominantly inattentive, and combined type. Inattentive ADHD symptoms are still often misunderstood and misdiagnosed by medical professionals who mistake them for stress, anxiety, or another related condition. Inattentive ADHD is also more common in girls and women than it is in boys and men.
If you suspect that you have or your daughter have ADHD, answer the questions below and share the results with a health care professional — the only person who can diagnose ADHD.
NOTE: This self-test is not intended to diagnose or to replace the care of a health care professional. Only a doctor or mental health professional can diagnose ADHD based on clinical evaluation.
Sari Solden, M.S., LMFT, is a member of the ADDitude ADHD Specialist Panel.
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What To Do Next:
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4. Download This Free Resource for Women and Girls: Do I Have ADHD?
5. Research What ADD Looks Like In Women
6. Listen to “The Happiness Project for Women with ADHD” – an Expert Webinar with Sari Solden M.S., LMFT
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