ADHD Affects Women Differently: What to Look For, And How Wilderness Therapy Can Help

What Is Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder? Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder is more likely to affect boys than girls, and is...

ADHD Affects Women Differently: What to Look For, And How Wilderness Therapy Can Help
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ADHD Affects Women Differently: What to Look For, And How Wilderness Therapy Can Help

Written by Sheri Gallagherin Section

What Is Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder?

Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder is more likely to affect boys than girls, and is characterized by hyperactivity and inability to concentrate. Such individuals often require more stimulation, as they seem to have an additional internal energy reservoir. That said, men and women are different; from childhood to adulthood. Since ADHD is more rare in women, it often goes unrecognized. Some things that may characterize a female with ADHD may be:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Obesity
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Depressed-Teen-Girl-ImageYou have heard the "Chatty Kathy" stereotype? It is a distinct possibility such a child, girl, or woman is suffering from symptoms of ADHD. Consider yourself for a moment now, with that information. Aren't the extreme issues which manifest themselves usually linked to something much deeper? You don't just curse out your mother in law at the potluck because she said some offhand comment; she's been passive aggressive since the marriage fifteen years ago and knows how to press your buttons. At least, that's how you see it. But all anyone at the dinner sees is Mom have a conniption. How and why we act is very seldom immediately the result of the present moment; it's often tied up in deeper issues that have a much older root. For this reason, professional treatment in cases like ADHD is recommendable. Dealing with cases on a regular basis where such behavior is exhibited, professional clinicians can get to the root of the problem without exhausting fruitless approaches trying to correct an issue that is only a surface manifestation of deeper upset.

Additional ADHD Differences Between Boys and Girls

Girls with ADHD are less likely to be defiant, they're less likely to be in trouble. Unlike boys, they're not generally "difficult". Three categories defined by a stereotypical personality type are the Tomboy, the Dreamer, and the aforementioned Chatty Kathy. According to addvance.com,  all three personality types in women and girls are often linked to ADHD; and indeed exhibit symptoms of the three kinds of ADHD per personality type.

Wilderness Therapy

Wilderness-Scenery-Image An increasingly effective and popular treatment--especially with girls and young women--is wilderness therapy.  Wingate Wilderness Therapy combines over 80 years' experience in therapy with a remarkable, adventurous, therapeutic program that has successfully helped many young women overcome their disorders.