• Liliana Turecki

The Difference Between Men and Women: ADHD Brain Conclusion

ADHD comes with its devils and darlings. While extreme disorganization and depleting supplies of concentration makes life difficult, the streak of creativity and the lightening bolt of hyper focus come together to save the day.


No two individuals would experience the exact same type or intensity of ADHD symptoms. However, these very symptoms manifest differently in men and women. Here’s a quick revelation for you in terms of how ADHD male symptoms differ from ADHD female symptoms.


Exploring ADHD From Male and Female Vantage Point

The likelihood of boys receiving an ADHD diagnosis is three times more than girls, CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) explains. This disparity doesn’t necessarily indicate that girls are less susceptible to ADHD. Instead, the symptoms in an ADHD female brain unfold more subtly and often go undetected. There are two presentations offered by ADHD: hyperactive/impulsive, inattentive, or combination type.

Men tend to have the hyperactive/impulsive ADHD type – which explains the fidgety, impulsive, disruptive, impatient, talkative, and restless nature of a male ADHD brain.

Women, on the other hand, have the tendency of inattentive ADHD symptoms – which makes it difficult for them to stay organized and focused, listen and remember things, and pay attention to details.

Men tend to let out their frustrations by being more physically aggressive but women often direct their hardships inwards. With sparse self-efficacy and coping mechanisms at play, women are at higher risk of anxiety and depression. Here’s a quick look at both ADHD male and female symptoms:


ADHD in women: inattentiveness, difficulty maintaining focus, and a tendency to day-dream. Women can be forgetful – with a pile of missed deadlines, unpaid bills, and abandoned chores. They’re also more withdrawn, with the burden of intellectual impairment and difficulty achieving their goals.


ADHD in men: physical aggression, anger outbursts, stunted emotional responses. Men often have feelings of shame, low self-esteem resulting from any issues at work. They also tend to evade the possibilities of conflict and may fail to recognize the emotions of others.


While the aforementioned symptoms discuss the ADHD effect in both sexes, they aren’t necessarily typical to each sex. For instance, some men could have inattentive ADHD while some women may cope with impulsive/hyperactive ADHD type or a combined type.


What’s Your Story?

Regardless of the ADHD type, the symptoms of this condition need in-depth understanding and coping mechanisms. That’s where a professional ADHD coach smoothens the labyrinth.

From understanding what exactly you’re dealing with to helping you pave the steps for a better future – where you can manage your symptoms alongside being the best version of yourself – an ADHD coach becomes your partner in growth.

To experience the vast scope of ADHD coaching, connect with me over a free consultation!


Sources:


1. https://www.adhdawarenessmonth.org/men-and-women-with-adhd/

2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3101894/#:~:text=Males%20are%20generally%20more%20likely,4%3A1%20in%20community%20samples.&text=In%20the%20DSM%2DIV%20field,sex%20ratio%20varied%20across%20subtypes.

3. https://www.apa.org/topics/adhd/gender

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