In fact, of the women who have enough symptoms to qualify for ADHD, only an estimated one in 10 of them is diagnosed and treated.
For some women, this is because their symptoms may not be hyperactive in nature and, as such, their suffering does not disrupt those around them. For others, they may overcompensate for their ADHD by adapting “perfectionistic” tendencies (such as over-working and repeatedly checking their work) that conceal their underlying neurodiversity.
For adult women who were not diagnosed with ADHD as a child or young adult, additional variables such as stress, anxiety, hormonal fluctuations, and medication side effects can exacerbate ADHD symptoms and make it even more difficult to understand the underlying cause of their symptoms. Moreover, without a proper ADHD diagnosis, many women tend to internalize their feelings of self-doubt or insecurity, which can exacerbate symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Other women may be curious as to whether their standing diagnosis of ADHD truly captures their diagnostic presentation, and whether their current psychiatric medication is the most effective intervention to help address their symptoms.
+ Determine whether you have ADHD and rule out or diagnose other concerns, such as a learning disability or mood disorders
+ Determine appropriate accommodations for work or school
+ Cultivate an individualized treatment plan for therapy, Executive Functioning Skills Coaching, or both
+ Generate recommendations for ADHD medications, if appropriate
For adolescents and young adult women, performance in the classroom, on standardized exams, or in the workplace can often be impacted by underlying learning differences.
Psychoeducational Evaluations help us understand why, despite best intentions, an adolescent girl or woman may not be reaching her highest potential in school. With this insight, we create individualized support plans.