Women with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) tend to have more severe symptoms than their male counterparts. It is often difficult for them to stay on task, have organizational skills and even have good time management skills. They will also experience problems dealing with socializing with other people. Many of these symptoms can be treated but it is important to understand that women and will not be treated the same way as a child will be treated.
There are a number of different reasons why women may develop ADHD such as hormonal imbalances or hereditary issues. Other factors could be poor diet, lack of sleep or stress. In addition, women have to deal with these issues differently than a child does. Because of these unique circumstances women with ADHD will often need to work with a special care team that includes their family, primary care physician and a mental health professional.
Symptoms in women may include difficulty focusing, impulse control, inability to stay on task, lack of energy, memory problems, moodiness, mood swings and irritability. These are all problems that could negatively affect a child’s development both physically and socially. Because these symptoms are so common in women, it is important to address them when possible. Women with ADHD will have a lot of different challenges to deal with as they progress through their adulthood. If symptoms aren’t properly addressed then you run the risk of their symptoms getting worse or she could even suffer from them to the point where they are unable to function on a daily basis.
While being diagnosed with ADHD in women is nothing to be ashamed of it, is still a medical condition that needs to be dealt with. There is no known cure for this condition. Treatments such as behavior modification are important for women with ADHD to ensure that their symptoms are managed and they can live a productive life. Woman with ADHD should always avoid taking stimulants such as Ritalin because these can worsen their symptoms even further.
Medication can be prescribed as a means of helping to control symptoms. When choosing which medication is right for your child, it is a good idea to consult with a qualified professional first. The doctor will know which medication suits your child best. It is also important to realize that medications only work as long as they are taken. Once the medication has been stopped then your child is back to square one. Your child will be back to where they were prior to suffering from ADHD.
Women with ADHD are just as capable of having successful careers as children without ADHD. With that said it is very important to understand that women with ADHD have just as much success as non-ADHD women. This makes it all the more important for women to take the time necessary to fully understand the condition and seek treatment options that suit their individual needs. It is never too late to get the help you need to get the life you deserve!