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ADHD IN WOMEN: IT ME AT AGE 53

Last July, I wrote that I couldn't explain what I called "laptop PTSD." I can explain it now. At the age of 53, I've been diagnosed with ADHD.
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ADHD in women_It Me at 53

ADHD in women (and at 53) isn't a thing you thought you'd ever read about here, I bet. Seems like a trending topic, but that's because so many women are just now figuring out as adults that they should have been diagnosed as kids. And it turns out ADHD plays all the roles in why BG has been so quiet for the last bit. I thought it was burnout, some kind of laptop PTSD plus a heaping dose of pandemic life. But I had the first three of those four capital letters wrong.

I sort of wrote a thing for @thekit.ca on having been diagnosed a minute ago with "Inattentive" ADHD at the age of 53. Nope, I'm not an 8-year-old boy who can't sit still in class – how weird is that?? Anyway: 👉🏼 it's called "My ADHD Diagnosis Gave Me a New Lease on Life." (Why am I only now realizing how dramatic that headline sounds?)

My experiences echo difficulties many undiagnosed women (and undiagnosed men; boys with inattentive ADHD slip through the diagnostic cracks too) struggle constantly to overcome with varying degrees of success. I'm not alone in managing for years despite being undiagnosed only to feel yanked off the proverbial cliff when, I think, my estrogen levels dived into perimenopause.

everyone is a little adhd

True in the way everyone sneezes sometimes, and some people have hay fever or pet allergies is true. True in the way everyone gets a headache occasionally, and some people can barely function for regular, debilitating migraines is true. Clinical psychologist and ADHD specialist Thomas E. Brown explains brilliantly (he's a good storyteller!) in the ADHD Explained video below:

Another reason "everyone is a little adhd" still gets thrown around may come down to a noteworthy point I spotted via ADHD creator @jessjanderson (in these IG story highlights): ADHD is hereditary. Undiagnosed ADHD parents may see persistent textbook behaviour as "normal" because they've done it their entire lives too without realizing there's a reason. 🤯

adhd in women: resources

The following list of resources – websites, books, authors, doctors, coaches and creators – isn't only about ADHD in women, but this woman (me, this woman is me) has found them all helpful.

Thanks for reading. I know my decision to share this stuff is strange for some people, but if it can help someone else... knowing why is a new beginning.

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