I have recently been approached by two people through Procrastination Station - one asking if I was interested in sharing my story and the other asking if I would be interested in taking part in a research project. Both are concerning women with ADHD. I have found it so uplifting to see that work is finally being done in this area; research is being carried out, voices heard and change is happening. For too long now women have been ignored or misdiagnosed. I didn't receive my diagnosis until I was 44 and I'm definitely not alone in this - it is all too common.
Traditionally, research studies concentrated on males and boys in particular. Women were deliberately left out of studies because they didn't want our 'messy' hormones skewing their results. Subsequently, generations of women have gone undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Women with ADHD can and often do, present in a totally different way than young boys. We are also masters of masking, after a lifetime of practice, and those pesky hormones create unique challenges for us when it comes to ADHD.
Finding out the relationship between estrogen and dopamine has been incredibly helpful for me. It is vital information, enabling women to understand themselves and why things can change so much over the course of a month. I highly recommend this webinar by Professor Sandra Kooij. I am currently working on an article about ADHD Medication & Hormones, which I will link to soon.
Prof. Kooij is also part of the team working on a project (the one I have been asked to share my story with) to raise awareness of undiagnosed ADHD in women. More information about this subject and the project can be found on the ADHD and Women website. They also have Twitter and Instagram pages and are looking for women to share their stories. Please consider doing so - you can remain completely anonymous if you wish. My own ADHD story can be read here.