Studies show that Adult ADHD is more likely to go undiagnosed in women compared to men.
This is because women with ADHD tend to present more with symptoms of inattention, disorganisation and restlessness. Because of the different symptom profile girls are less likely than boys to be disruptive and hyperactive at school, and therefore their ADHD is less likely to be picked up.
Many women in today’s society often feel extra pressures in the family to look after the children, provide a neat organised good home environment , and maybe also hold down a job. Society can also sometimes be less forgiving of women who struggle with these tasks, unlike their male counterparts who might be excused as being ‘charmingly messy and disorganised’.