Sadly, even today, with all the healthcare facilities and regulations, many females suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD either remain undiagnosed and thus untreated until late into adulthood while some remain undiagnosed forever. Some women are diagnosed only after their progeny are found to be suffering from ADD. As and when they find out about ADD and its symptoms, it is a great respite, for they put a name to all diverse problems associated with it.
Given the complexity of female reproductive system, puberty and the associated hormonal and psychological changes in females, the understanding of ADD in women is further inhibited, because it can be effected by any of the hormonal changes and fluctuations, the cyclic premenstrual time, pregnancy, as well as menopause.
With time, awareness about Attention Deficiency Disorder (ADD) in adulthood is rising in the general public, and there seems to be developing a greater understanding of the differences between ADD in adult females and males.
The "predominantly inattentive" subtype of ADD / ADHD is more common in females. Instead of the more noticeable hyperactive and disruptive traits that are more noticeable in other ADD patients, females suffering from this subtype may appear to be introverts, more shy than usual, easily distractible, more disorganized, rather forgetful, and very often day-dreamy. Their tolerance for stressful situations is very low, and these women have very high sensitiveness towards open criticism. As a result of the disorder, such women work a lot harder in order to fulfill adult expectations.
On the other hand, a woman suffering from the hyper-active and disruptive variant of the Attention Deficit Disorder appears to be hyper-talkative and hyper-social. Such women exhibit intense emotional reactions and can be labeled stubborn or argumentative. Apart from being distractible, severely lacking attention, and being disorganized, these patients have very poor self-control.
One thing in common between males and females suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is that both face the same feelings of getting overwhelmed and exhausted. Some other symptoms are feeling psychologically distressed, feeling inadequate, having very low self-esteem and getting stressed chronically. Since many women suffering from ADD find their lives to be totally out of order and control, they find normal day to day challenges insurmountable.
While females are usually expected to be good caretakers, this role can be extremely frustrating and tough for women suffering from ADD. With a constant feeling of having things totally out of control and having trouble organizing and planning their own lives, taking care of others appears impossible for such patients. It may in fact aggravate their feelings of inadequacy.
Women suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD also suffer from some associated problems like Dysphoria, Depression, Anxiety, Alcohol Abuse, Chronic Sleep Deprivation and Compulsive Overeating Disorder.