Most of us have heard of ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), so why is it so common for women not to be diagnosed until they are in midlife? While boys manifest their ADHD in hyperactive behaviors, female sufferers tend to internalize their symptoms, contending with anxiety, depression, demoralization, and self-esteem issues. Because of this, a woman's diagnosMost of us have heard of ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), so why is it so common for women not to be diagnosed until they are in midlife? While boys manifest their ADHD in hyperactive behaviors, female sufferers tend to internalize their symptoms, contending with anxiety, depression, demoralization, and self-esteem issues. Because of this, a woman's diagnosis often comes later on, with the realization that she is just not coping with life, work, and relationships as well as she should be. She's not meeting anyone's expectations, certainly not her own.So much has been discovered in the last ten years about ADHD in girls and women, but a lot of it's still not commonly known. Awareness of your symptoms is the key to change, and it all begins with self-awareness.Novelist Gabriella West is refreshingly candid about her journey towards a diagnosis of ADHD, which started a few years ago when she encouraged her female partner to get a diagnosis. She uncovers of a family history of the disorder, looking back at her own mother's life as a divorced American in Ireland in the 1970s. In Connecting the Dots she highlights common symptoms women with inattentive-type ADHD experience, and shows that although getting a diagnosis is not necessarily easy, the relief of finding an explanation for things that previously just seemed "wrong" is enormous and healing.(8000 words--including appendices that offer the scoop on current ADHD meds and a checklist of symptoms for inattentive ADHD.)...
|Title||:||Connecting the Dots: My Midlife Journey with Adult AD/HD|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||27 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Connecting the Dots: My Midlife Journey with Adult AD/HD Reviews
Connecting the Dots: My Midlife Journey with Adult AD/HD is a short, booklet-length book, but it is packed with information, tips and resources about adult AD/HD as well as the related but different condition known as Sluggish Cognitive Tempo, or SCT, which is something I had never heard of before but has its own set of symptoms.Gabriella West tells her story in an accessible, easy-to-read way. In the introduction, she explains that her goal is "to help midlife women navigate through the challenges of living with newly diagnosed ADHD," as well as to help women feel empowered to be able to make positive changes in their lives. In this book, she provides the reader with tools to do just that. She examines her childhood, recalling being a "spacey" kid, quiet and chubby, and her parents' behavior, wondering whether her undiagnosed mother did in fact suffer from AD/HD, which is often inherited. As an adult, she begins to notice the woman she is dating exhibiting certain behaviors such as chronic lateness, and in attempting to get help for her, she begins to eventually question her own behavior and to connect the dots.West describes how women in the past have often gone undiagnosed, finding themselves floundering in their adult lives, unable to find fulfilling work or lacking focus without really knowing why. I learned so much reading this book. Girls and women primarily have the inattentive form of ADHD, which manifests itself in feelings of not being smart or that something is wrong with them. "Women struggle in particular with clutter, hoarding, organization, filing, taxes, cleaning house..." Something I picked up reading this book was the freedom that a diagnosis of AD/HD can give a woman because a diagnosis and treatment can help her to live up to her full potential. What a wonderful thing, to know why you do the things you do and to have answers! The appendices include recommended books as well as drug information, and a check list "Do I have ADD?"This is a valuable guide for any woman who thinks they, or someone they care about, may have undiagnosed AD/HD.