ADHD in Women and Girls

(But really, externalizing versus internalizing symptoms of ADHD)

Before we understand how ADHD presents differently in women in comparison to men, one must understand that gender is socially constructed.

I mention this because a lot of female-presenting individuals with ADHD either do not receive a diagnosis at all, or receive theirs much later in life. We are also more commonly misdiagnosed with mood and personality disorders.

People who were socialized as female are more likely to exhibit internalizing ADHD symptoms, though of course, not always.

Internalized symptoms are considered less problematic by teachers and parents. As a result, people whose ADHD symptoms are not disruptive at home or school are much less likely to be identified or diagnosed.

If you’re a female-presenting individual and have long wondered whether you might be neurodivergent (autistic, ADHD, etc.), there’s a good chance there is something different about your brain, otherwise you wouldn’t be googling “ADHD symptoms in women” or “how do I know if I’m autistic?”

(Trust me, we’ve all done it).

Read my article on Fourth Wave.


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Published by Neurodiversity MB

Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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