Book review – definitive guide to ADHD in women

In “Women with Attention Deficit Disorder: Embrace Your Differences and Transform Your Life”, Sari Solden explores some of the specific issues faced by women with ADHD. Solden, is a psychotherapist based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, who has worked with adults with ADHD and their partners for over 25 years. Here she focuses on the millions of withdrawn girls and overwhelmed women who go undiagnosed with ADHD.

Women often have society and physiology related differences in their experience of ADHD:

  • societies’ continued expectations that women do more chores – home work and child management
  • the perception that woman are “good multi-taskers”, when most people with ADHD only good at single-tasking
  • expectations of moderate emotional-response, confounded by anger or excitement
  • interactions with cycles of or changes in hormones

Solden offers 3 empowering steps:

  1. restructuring one’s life
  2. renegotiating relationships and
  3. redefining self-image

to help women take control of their lives and enjoy success on their own terms. Loved by many, it is a really helpful book.