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Women ADHD: What Are The Symptoms And What You Can Do?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral disorder commonly associated with children but now is increasingly found in adult populations as well. Symptoms of ADHD starts developing at an early age of 3 or 4, but these are often overlooked and are diagnosed at adulthood. At many instances a woman recognizes that she has ADHD symptoms only after her child is discovered suffering with it. In such case a she learns more about this disorder she notices similar patterns in her behavior as well. ADHD is hereditary by nature.

Studies have shown that many women seek treatment for ADHD only when they feel that their life is going out of control which implies they are facing some financial crunch, finding it difficult to cope with job pressures or are struggling to keep up with daily task like laundry, cooking etc.

Let us look at the symptoms of ADHD in women:

1 Women in such condition often are hypersensitive to noise, smell and touch. They get affected by noise level, constant interruptions and commotion at home.

2 You may also develop a feeling of low self worth. At times when you feel that you can achieve something and fail to do it you experience such a feeling. This happens if you are juggling with many responsibilities at one point in time like parenting, work responsibilities etc.

3 Childhood experiences can also make a women vulnerable and hypersensitive to criticism.

4 Drastic change in emotional display of behavior is another symptom commonly observed. Women with ADHD would frequently get upset or emotionally charged.

5 Women suffering with ADHD will also find it difficult to make decision, they find it problematic to even take routine decisions like grocery items to purchase.

Other symptoms include:

6 Lack of focus 7 Inattentiveness 8 Short attention span 9 Excessive talking 10 Poor organization skills 11 Saying abruptly things without thinking. 12 Poor writing skills 13 Displaying addictive behaviors like watching TV excessively 14 Poor handwriting 15 Difficulty sitting still at one place

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition affecting many aspects of cognitive abilities, mood, daily life and behaviors. Effective treatment can be given in the form of psychotherapy, medication, stress management and ADHD coaching. This treatment focuses on broad array of issues like daily stress levels, self esteem, family and interpersonal issues, life management skills and daily health habits.

Women with ADHD are also likely to suffer from depression and other learning disabilities. So it is advisable that before medication begins, the history of the patient should be thoroughly studied. There are more complications in medication of ADHD in women due to hormonal fluctuations through the lifespan. Example: Puberty, pre menopause and menopause.

To recover you need to first understand and accept your condition and stop blaming yourself. You also need to identify the sources of stress in your life and work towards elimination them. Try living in a simplified stress free life to overcome from ADHD disorder.

If you suspect that you may have ADHD please visit your doctor.

To Your Health!

Author Resource:-> Dr. James S. Pendergraft opened the Orlando Women's Center in March 1996 to provide a full range of health care for women.

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