One of the first lines in our new book, A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD, makes a bold claim: “Instead of trying to fix yourself, you can learn to be yourself.” I’ve noticed an interesting pattern in how people respond to this idea.
Many women with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are diagnosed later in life, and often find there are few resources available to them. In The Queen of Distraction, author and psychotherapist Terry Matlen delves into the female side of the disorder and offers women with ADHD—and even those who suspect they might have it—real tips to stay focused and get organized.
For women who are unsure whether or not they have ADHD, what are some of the common signs?
ADHD has always garnered its fair share of media skepticism and has often been a lightning rod for controversy. Critics claim we overdiagnose it, overmedicate our patients, and use it as an excuse for poor behavior. More often than not, the various media outlets routinely attack ADHD in a variety of ways ranging from criticizing assessment and treatment practices to questioning its very existence as a legitimate disorder.