For women with untreated Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), however, the demands of daily life can be crippling. It cripples their self-esteem, their families, their lives, their work and their relationships.”
What happens to women with undiagnosed ADHD?
Girls with untreated ADHD are at risk for chronic low self-esteem, underachievement, anxiety, depression, teen pregnancy, early smoking during middle school and high school, says Nadeau.
How do you know if a girl has ADD?
Signs and symptoms of ADHD in girlstalking all the time, even when parents or teachers ask them to stop.frequent crying, even from small disappointments.constantly interrupting conversations or activities that include their friends.trouble paying attention.frequent daydreaming.having a messy bedroom, desk, or backpack.More items
What are the consequences of an attention deficit?
Children with ADHD have poorer long-term outcomes than controls with respect to: academic achievement and attainment, occupational rank and job performance, risky sexual practices and early unwanted pregnancies, substance use, relationship difficulties, marital problems, traffic violations, and car accidents.
Does ADHD affect females?
Women with ADHD often experience dysphoria (unpleasant mood), major depression and anxiety disorders, with rates of depressive and anxiety disorders similar to those in men with ADHD. However, women with ADHD appear to experience more psychological distress and have lower self-image than men with ADHD.
Why is ADHD overlooked in women?
For many young women, the anxiety, stress, and low self-esteem that comes with ADHD feels intolerable by early adulthood. The structure of school is gone, a significant loss for girls, who fare better with rules and routines, according to Hinshaw.
Why girls arent diagnosed with ADHD?
Multiple factors may contribute to the lack of ADHD diagnosis in girls during childhood, including differences in predominant symptoms (internalizing rather than externalizing) and subtype (inattentive rather than hyperactive)7; the presence of comorbid psychiatric disorders, including depression and anxiety,8,9 which