When most people think of ADHD, the first thing that comes to mind is a hyperactive little boy who can’t sit still. However, ADHD, which can result from poor brain health, affects women too, and many are not diagnosed until adulthood.
The reasoning behind this, is that, oftentimes, boys display the hyperactive symptoms that most associate with ADHD. However, ADHD can manifest itself through inattention, difficulty with organization, and forgetfulness, which is how a majority of girls experience ADHD.
Because inattention is a less visible symptom than hyperactivity, many girls are not diagnosed until later in life when ADHD begins to affect their school work or family life. This can result in low self-esteem
when others assume that these women are simply lazy, disorganized, or irresponsible. Living with ADHD undiagnosed can cause anxiety and depression, and women are often diagnosed with these, while the root of the issue is ADHD.
ADHD can be caused by brain chemical imbalances which can create inflammation in the brain and affects neurotransmitters. In women, low levels of estrogen and fluctuating hormones during puberty, a woman’s monthly cycle, after pregnancy, and during menopause can increase ADHD symptoms.
Luckily, there is hope for women with ADHD. Therapy, exercise, organizational coaching, and diet can all help to improve their lives and ability to function normally. MindWhale specializes in helping those with ADHD improve their brain health. Licensed biochemist and nutritionist Nicholas Hundley tests for chemical imbalances in the brain and will create a plan to help you or your loved one struggling with ADHD on the road to healing. Take MindWhale’s Brain Health Quiz to assess your personal brain health.