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3 Signs of Undiagnosed ADHD in Women

How to Spot if A Woman Has Untreated ADHD

Som Dutt ☯
Psychology Simplified
5 min readJun 4, 2024

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3 Subtle Signs of Untreated Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)-by “Som Dutt” on Medium https://medium.com/@somdutt777
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ADHD is commonly found and linked with young boys. But most do not know it is also found in adult women. ADHD is expressed in girls differently than boys.

Therefore, people are unable to identify it. Girls often show signs of ADHD at the age of 12. The intensity of ADHD is not as strong as it is in the case of boys, which is why most of the time ADHD remains undiagnosed among teen girls.

This undiagnosed ADHD starts expressing in adult women. If we do not diagnose it on time, it can affect almost all the aspects of women’s lives. She can struggle in her career and relationships as well.

“helps to think of ADHD as a complex set of contradictory or paradoxical tendencies: a lack of focus combined with an ability to superfocus; a lack of direction combined with highly directed entrepreneurialism; a tendency to procrastinate combined with a knack for getting a week’s worth of work done in two hours; impulsive, wrongheaded decision making combined with inventive, out-of-the-blue problem solving; interpersonal cluelessness combined with uncanny intuition and empathy; the list goes on.”
― Edward M. Hallowell, ADHD 2.0 : New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction — From Childhood Through Adulthood

Women with ADHD are at higher risk of becoming the victim of other mental health disorders such as stress, anxiety, and depression.

Therefore, in this post, I will try to tell the 3 signs of ADHD in women so that you can help her on time and she can feel better.

1. She Finds It Challenging To Focus On One Thing

She is susceptible to distractions. She only needs a little spark of distractions such as noises, music, and her thoughts to get out of focus.

If she is reading a newspaper or any important book, she needs to put extra effort into getting into her focus zone. She needs a more peaceful environment than a typical woman to do normal work.

“If we weren’t so dreamy and curious we could stay on track and never get distracted.”
― Edward M. Hallowell,
ADHD 2.0 : New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction — From Childhood Through Adulthood

Her brain is aligned in a way that hinders her capacity to do things in a well-focused way.

She often needs to remember the track on time. She does things at the last moment and sometimes cannot meet deadlines.

If she plans to clean the house, but after 15–20 minutes of cleaning she can find herself talking to her old friend on mobile.

2. Remembering Details Can Be Slippery For Her

Women with ADHD often forget the sequence of the events. She also needs to remember the details. She might book an important event or job interview.

“ADHD” is a term that describes a way of being in the world. It is neither entirely a disorder nor entirely an asset. It is an array of traits specific to a unique kind of mind. It can become a distinct advantage or an abiding curse, depending on how a person manages it.”
― Edward M. Hallowell,
ADHD 2.0 : New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction — From Childhood Through Adulthood

She often arrives late for important events. She can forget her lunch box at home instead of taking it to her workplace.

Her memory could be more sharp. She needs to remember the steps of the instructions for making a particular dish.

If she wants to remember things, she has to work on making a list of things on her notepad.

She struggles to become the most attractive person in the group. Therefore, she can be jealous.

“It’s a funny thing about those of us who have ADHD. We want what others avoid. We like problems. We need the difficult. That’s because easy is boring. We need the stimulation of intense challenge. But as we’ve said, a challenge undertaken just for the sake of a challenge can be counterproductive at best, self-defeating at worst.”
― Edward M. Hallowell,
ADHD 2.0 : New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction — From Childhood Through Adulthood

3. Her Emotions Dance Like Flames In The Wind

She is an expert in getting mood swings too often. Her feelings and emotions change too fast. One moment she can be found laughing and the next moment she can become angry with you.

She is susceptible to information. If she heard sad news of someone’s death she would start crying at the moment. If she gets angry and upset about things, it will become difficult for

“Most people with ADHD or VAST have low scores in Fact Finder (which does not mean bad; there are no bad scores on a Kolbe test) because their natural talent lies in their ability to cut to the chase and summarize information instead of digging into details.”
― Edward M. Hallowell,
ADHD 2.0 : New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction — From Childhood Through Adulthood

She lives an existence full of anxiety and depression but she often thinks that other people cannot easily understand her. She needs to put extra effort into returning to a joyful state.

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