Sumary of Society’s Gender Norms Make It Harder For Women With ADHD to Get Help – and That Needs to Change:
- It’s hard enough for someone with ADHD to navigate the neurotypical world, but women encounter additional obstacles simply because of our gender — or rather, the way society perceives and stereotypes our gender.
- One of the major issues experts cite for the gender gap in diagnosis of ADHD is that girls and women often mask their traits.
- Think of the ways in which women are expected to behave right from girlhood onward: still, quiet, compliant, calm, thoughtful, organized, attentive.
- Then consider that an ADHD brain will struggle with many or all of these “ideals”, the most commonly affected areas being organization, concentration, planning, impulse control, memory, inhibition, self-control, and focusing attention.
- When I read the various papers suggesting that women with ADHD are more likely to “internalize symptoms”, I think, well yeah, because we have to!