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ADHD Assessments for Women

Even today, women feel societal pressures to look after the home and children, maintain happy relationships, and hold down jobs - among many other things.

For a neurotypical woman, these pressures are more than enough to face. Women with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), however, can face even more challenges.

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Understanding ADHD in Women

Studies show that adult ADHD symptoms are more likely to go undiagnosed in women than in men. This highlights the importance of independent women’s ADHD assessments; to seek a diagnosis, help manage symptoms and obtain the treatment you need.

In childhood ADHD, while boys tend to exhibit the hyperactive/impulsive type of ADHD, girls are more commonly known to have the inattentive type of ADHD. This makes focus, organisation and listening more difficult.

UK-based surveys with children aged 5-15 showed that 0.85% – almost one in every 100 – girls have ADHD. Strikingly though, girls are diagnosed with ADHD at just under half the rate at which boys are diagnosed.

Results such as these lead some to speculate about somewhat biassed medical practices, or wonder how many misdiagnosed females are struggling with their ADHD symptoms.

Let us help you take the path towards understanding your symptoms and managing your ADHD.

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The Three Types of ADHD in Women

Both in childhood and adulthood , ADHD in females can be split into three distinct types; presenting symptoms of inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness, or a combination of both.

Combined Type

  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Seeming not to listen, even when spoken to
  • Easily distracted
  • Unable to stick to tasks
  • Often losing things

Inattentive Type

  • Short attention span
  • ‘Careless’ mistakes
  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Inability to carry out time-consuming tasks

Hyperactive / Impulsive Type

  • Unable to sit still
  • Frequent fidgeting
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Constantly moving, talking, interrupting
  • Inability to wait
  • Appearing to act without thinking

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Symptoms & Disorders that Occur Alongside ADHD in Women

Having ADHD as a woman can make you more inclined to feeling dysphoria, depression and anxiety. Studies show that women with ADHD are more likely to have low self-esteem. Many women that have grown up with their ADHD symptoms not being diagnosed or treated appropriately have learnt to develop coping strategies that focus on compensating unfinished/forgotten tasks rather than actually addressing and dealing with the underlying problem.
Women and girls tend to internalise ADHD symptoms; however, women diagnosed with ADHD have a higher risk of experiencing symptoms of the following types:
  • You find it difficult to function in busy/noisy surroundings, leading to unproductivity
  • You seem to always be losing things, or forgetting important appointments/events
  • You feel easily overwhelmed, either with others or in everyday activities
  • You feel constantly ‘zoned-out’, in conversations or in the middle of doing something
  • You quickly become overly emotional, and ‘small things’ push you over the top
  • You often find that your home, room, desk or office are untidy and disorganised
  • You are prone to impulse purchases and shopping for unnecessary things
  • You are often late for meetings and have a hard time hitting deadlines
  • You struggle to relax and unwind as your mind is on the go 24/7
There are a range of other mental health disorders that can also occur along with ADHD in women which also often go undiagnosed. These complications may cause trouble in correctly diagnosing the existence of ADHD, so getting an expert women’s ADHD assessment is essential to help establish the existence and interaction of these common comorbidities.

Eating disorders

You may struggle with food regulation, or experience symptoms of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge-eating disorder.

Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD)

You may have recurring/repetitive thoughts and behaviours that you find it difficult to control.

Depression and anxiety

You might find you often feel sad, discouraged, uninterested, unmotivated, hopeless, ‘washed-out’ or nervous.

Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria

You may experience intense emotional pain from perceived or actual rejection, criticism, or failure, leading to significant distress in various contexts.

Sleeping disorders

You find yourself constantly battling issues with the quality, timing and amount of sleep you get, resulting in impaired daytime functioning.

Substance abuse, drugs or alcohol

You struggle to control your consumption of particular mood altering substances, leading to significant problems in your life.

The Impact of Untreated and Undiagnosed ADHD

Just as we are all different as individuals, females with either childhood ADHD or adulthood ADHD will have different milestones and challenges to overcome in their lives. Untreated and undiagnosed ADHD may have a critical impact on a woman’s mental, physical and social life. It is of the utmost importance that women with ADHD be accurately diagnosed, by seeking one of our women’s ADHD assessments .This will enable you to receive ADHD treatments to suit your lifestyle, and address symptoms in a holistic way that allows you to truly flourish. While untreated and/or undiagnosed ADHD in women may have a number of damaging effects, receiving a women’s ADHD assessment can help you

Book a Women’s ADHD Assessment Today

At The ADHD Centre, our specialists are available to help you and your loved ones understand and manage ADHD symptoms. Whether you’re a woman dealing with adulthood ADHD, or you suspect childhood ADHD in a family member, an individualised women’s ADHD assessment gives you access to proper diagnosis and evidence-based treatments. We tailor our treatments to your specific needs and medical history, so there’s no need to worry about unwelcome side effects – allergies or imbalanced hormones, for instance. ADHD in females presents a range of symptoms that can make life a challenge – but professional and personal help is close at hand.

Individual Consultation

We offer online or face-to-face appointments for your convenience

Specialists in ADHD

Speak to a women’s ADHD specialist with years of experience in the field

The Latest Diagnostic Criteria

Get a structured clinical assessment specifically for women’s ADHD, based on the latest DSM-V criteria

Flexible & Convenient

Comprehensive consultation: you’ll have 75-90 minutes for your initial assessment

Personalised Treatment Plan

Receive a full report outlining your diagnosis and ongoing treatment plan details

Treating ADHD in Women at The ADHD Centre

It is never too late to get an ADHD diagnosis, whether in childhood or adulthood. A diagnosis then enables you to get access to highly effective and frequently life changing treatments.

At the ADHD Centre, our evidence-based treatments have been shown to be among the most effective and expert treatments available.

Your individual treatment plan will empower you to manage your ADHD symptoms and improve your levels of functioning in ways that you may not have thought possible.

Our treatments include:

At The ADHD Centre, we offer the latest evidence-based treatments, and can ensure you have the guidance you need every step of the way.

How to treat ADHD effectively –
Dr Shymal Mashru, Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. Shymal Mashru, a consultant psychiatrist, explores effective ADHD treatment options. He discusses how stimulant and non-stimulant medications can improve focus, concentration, and productivity, while reducing hyperactivity and impulsivity in individuals with ADHD.

Setting up a Shared Care Agreement with your GP

If you choose to go on medication, once you are on a stable regime, if you wish, we’re able to set up a Shared Care Agreement with your GP. This means they can take over the prescribing of any medication that may be outlined in your personalised treatment plan.

We have standard protocol documents to facilitate this procedure – essentially, it means your prescription would become an NHS prescription, and therefore charged at their standard rate.

Please note: we cannot guarantee a Shared Care arrangement with your GP. If you are interested in this option, we would encourage you to discuss your plans for a Shared Care Agreement with your GP before you commence any treatment with The ADHD Centre, so that they are informed and involved early on.

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