ADHD - still seen as a myth and an excuse for ‘poor behaviour’?
Over the years I have seen mental health diagnosis thrown around and medicated when sometimes they are the symptom of neurodiversity.
In women ADHD is mostly missed, and due to out of date testing and old behavioural assumptions, (that actually, women do not show or have) then 50-75% of women go undiagnosed. Because of this, so many important diagnosis are being missed and labelled as mental health. Let’s have a look at some symptoms :
‘ADHD symptoms in girls are often explained as character traits rather than ADHD. For example, a girl might be thought of as spacey, a day-dreamer, forgetful, or chatty. Later in life, a woman might reach out for help for her ADHD, only to be diagnosed with depression or anxiety instead.’ https://www.verywellmind.com/adhd-symptoms-4157281
100% of the time, along with ADHD comes Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria (RSD), so a fear of feeling disliked, being abandoned and a real sense of rejection if speaking up and being assertive. This can lead to self confidence and assertive difficulties.
If any of this is ringing true or creating some questions around your mental health diagnosis, please do reach out or speak to your GP for a referral
Ladies: for a simple test based on the DSM-5 assessment criteria follow this link https://littlemisslionheart.com/adhd-test-for-women/?fbclid=IwAR1DSu-l6KZgZqZdxPQdGBC9LWDOrMegJwy4dWbsa3_jf0Y3-UNHYin_TmA This site also has great information and advice.
Be safe out there,