ADHD is often overlooked in women and girls. Traditionally thought to be a male issue, females would get a diagnosis of anxiety and/or depression because they typically don’t present with hyperactivity. But times have changed and the ADHD diagnosis has gotten more nuanced. Now there are three types: the hyperactive disorder we know, inattentive, and a combination of both. Inattentive ADHD shows the following symptoms (these are just a few):
- Trouble staying focused
- Makes silly mistakes and has trouble with details
- Has difficulty staying on task and making deadlines
- Avoidance of tasks that will take a long time to complete
- Gets distracted mid task, leaving it incomplete
- Loses things frequently
Depression and/or anxiety can accompany Inattentive ADHD, and this is where the problem lies with women. The diagnosis and medication are there for anxiety and depression but the deep down issue of ADHD is not addressed, because the symptoms of inattentive ADHD can be misdiagnosed as anxiety.
If you are currently on medication for depression and/or anxiety and you feel like it isn’t working as well as you wish it would, consider the symptoms above. If you suspect ADHD might be a problem, make an appointment at Cornerstone with Reggie. She can look deep into what issues are bothering you and get you on the correct medication so that you can live your best life possible.
While it is easy to go to your General Physician for mental health problems, they are not trained especially for these issues. Please give us a call. We take all sorts of insurance and can call to see how yours covers mental health services and let you know. We have a sliding scale for payment based on income if you don’t have insurance. See an expert and get diagnosed correctly the first time. For more info on Reggie, click here and choose her video. Remember, you matter!