At Berkeley Psychiatrists, we follow UK practice guidelines for diagnosing ADHD in women. We assess symptoms and determine if they meet the diagnostic criteria for ADHD. To receive a diagnosis, symptoms must have been present since childhood, significantly impact daily functioning, and be present in multiple areas of life.
ADHD in women can manifest differently across different stages of life. It is important to recognise the sociological and psychological effects ADHD can have on women, taking into account gender differences and biases that exist within society. Symptoms may vary and include difficulties with attention, organisation, impulsivity, and emotional regulation.
In girls, ADHD may be diagnosed less frequently compared to boys. This could be due to gender biases in symptom presentation and diagnostic criteria. Girls with ADHD may exhibit more internalising symptoms, such as daydreaming and inattentiveness, rather than the externalising behaviours commonly associated with boys. These gender biases can lead to delayed or missed diagnoses, resulting in challenges without appropriate support.
Our assessment process considers the unique experiences and challenges faced by women with ADHD. We take into account the gender-specific factors that can influence symptom presentation and ensure a comprehensive evaluation to provide accurate diagnoses and tailored treatment plans.
During the diagnostic process, we carefully consider other conditions that may share similar symptoms or overlap with ADHD. It is essential to differentiate ADHD from these conditions to ensure accurate diagnoses and effective treatment plans. Some examples of conditions that can exhibit similar symptoms include:
- Anxiety Disorders: Anxiety disorders, such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) or Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
- Mood Disorders: Conditions like Depression or Bipolar Disorder can sometimes present with symptoms that overlap with ADHD
- Learning Disabilities: Learning disabilities, such as Dyslexia or Dyscalculia, may manifest with challenges in attention, reading, writing, or problem-solving, which can also be present in ADHD.
At Berkeley Psychiatrists, we believe in a personalized approach to ADHD treatment in women. Our comprehensive treatment plans may include psychoeducation, therapy, and, if appropriate, medication. We emphasize the importance of supportive environments, self-acceptance, and inclusivity in fostering overall well-being and success for women with ADHD.
We understand the importance of accessing reliable information and resources related to ADHD in women. For further insights and support, we recommend exploring reputable websites and organizations specializing in ADHD, such as the following: