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Does ADHD affect women differently than men?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Women with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) display many of the standard symptoms of ADHD including inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. According to Dr. Matlen of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, they may also experience a variety of other symptoms including hypersensitivity, low self-esteem, depression, addiction, ruminating thoughts, and relationship troubles. Sleep problems are also common in women with ADHD. They may tire easily, have trouble falling asleep, and struggle to rise the next day.  Because women are often responsible for many child-rearing and household duties, in addition to working outside of the home, life with ADHD can feel like a constant battle for women.

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