Common Symptoms of ADD and ADHD in Women
Women may feel they should be able to "do it all" and feel defeated when they can't keep up. Juggling parenting and work responsibilities can simply be overwhelming.
High expectations since childhood to be a "good girl" can make women with ADHD more vulnerable to these sensitivities.
Time management is often an issue for women with ADHD. They are often running late.
Easily upset or frustrated? Emotions are exacerbated during hormonal changes. Emotional issues, including depression and anxiety, are also related to ADHD. It is estimated that one in four adults with ADHD also has symptoms of depression.
Do you have piles of empty photo books? Heaps of unfinished sewing projects? Focusing and following through on a project is difficult with ADHD.
On top of work and parenting, there is often the need for women to take on even more tasks like volunteering, helping out with school-related functions, cooking, etc. This symptom goes hand-in-hand with time management and difficulty finishing projects.
Difficulty remembering names often gets worse before, during and after menopause. This is also a sign of inattention, a common symptom in ADHD.
Many social issues follow aduts with ADHD. Prone to "foot-in-mouth" moments? Saying things without thinking often leads to hurting others' feelings.
Do your friends get upset with you for interrupting them in conversation or bailing out on plans at the last moment? Appearing selfish is a sign of ADD/ADHD.
Not a numbers person? Some women with ADHD exhibit poor math and reading skills. This could be a product of difficulty during schooling, possibly due to ADHD.
Appearing aloof is especially difficult for women, who often want to connect socially but have difficulty doing so. Impulsivity (in one's own statements) and inattention (while others may be conversing) can emphasize this issue.
Shopping, TV (reality shows!), and eating are common types of unhealthy behaviors. Impulsivity is a key symptom of ADHD in adults. Increased impulsive shopping purchases are often another sign.
Difficulty remembering words often gets worse during menopause. And when the problem is not cognitive-based, it could just be an issue of inattention of spinning too many thoughts at one time.
In addition to poor math or writing skills, poor handwriting can be an embarrassing symptom of ADHD.
Is your house a mess because you hate and avoid doing chores? Completing repetitive tasks like laundry is hard for women with ADD/ADHD.
Getting lost in your thoughts or daydreaming are common among women with ADD/ADHD. This ties in with distractability.
Skim, 1%, 2%, or whole milk? Regular or soy? Grocery shopping is often painful with all the choices available in stores today. Seemingly simple tasks require too much thought or commitment to a singular idea, leading to distraction.
Easily burnt out? Or do you often fidget? Tiredness and restlessness both are signs of ADD and ADHD. Though not so much an issue of a "running motor" as it is in children, fidgety and hyperactive behavior are still prevalent in adults.
Many women with ADD/ADHD experience sleep disorders that may increase during menopause.