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Identifying and Treating ADHD in Women with Renewing Mindsets in Philadelphia & The Main Line

Our ADHD specialists in Philadelphia with Renewing Mindsets unlock your potential through accurate testing, informing effective treatments.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder that makes it difficult to focus, manage behavior, and pay attention. While ADHD has historically been viewed as a condition mainly affecting boys and men, it impacts a significant number of women as well. ADHD often presents differently in females and is frequently overlooked, leading to impaired academic, career, and personal outcomes. At Renewing Mindsets, we have specialized expertise in providing testing, diagnosis, and treatment for ADHD in women throughout Philadelphia and the Main Line area.

Understanding ADHD in Females

  • ADHD occurs in roughly 5% of all adults, with a female to male ratio of 1:3.

  • On average, ADHD symptoms appear later in females than males.

  • Females with ADHD tend to present more with inattentive type symptoms rather than hyperactivity.

  • Impacts on girls and women may include disorganization, forgetfulness, distraction, poor time management, and difficulty completing tasks.

  • Co-occurring conditions like anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and eating disorders are common.

  • Undiagnosed ADHD in females can negatively affect school performance, work, relationships, and overall mental health.

Signs and Symptoms of ADHD in Women


  • Zoning out during conversations or when reading

  • Losing track of tasks, activities, or belongings

  • Forgetfulness and missed appointments

  • Avoiding lengthy reports, forms, or reading

  • Jumping from task to task

  • Disorganization and messiness


  • Interrupting others

  • Impatience

  • Difficulty waiting turns

  • Acting first, thinking later

  • Low frustration tolerance

  • Emotional reactivity


  • Restlessness

  • Fidgeting/squirming

  • Excessive talking

  • Always on the go

  • Sleep difficulties

Causes and Risk Factors for ADHD

  • Genetics - ADHD runs strongly in families

  • Chemical imbalance or structural differences in the brain

  • Brain injury from illness, trauma, alcohol/drug exposure during pregnancy

  • Premature birth or low birth weight

  • Exposure to environmental toxins like lead

Comprehensive ADHD Testing for Females in Philadelphia & The Main Line

  • Thorough clinical interview and history

  • Validated rating scales and questionnaires

  • Neuropsychological testing when warranted

  • Assessment of executive functioning

  • Screening for co-occurring mood disorders, learning disabilities, substance abuse

  • Identifying challenges at school, work, home, and in relationships

Our testing approach is tailored specifically to how ADHD presents in girls and women to ensure an accurate diagnosis.

Treating ADHD in Females with Renewing Mindsets

  • Medication - Stimulants or non-stimulants to improve focus, organization, emotion regulation

  • Education and Training - Information on ADHD as a neurobiological disorder + practical strategies

  • Psychotherapy - Cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy to develop coping skills

  • ADHD Coaching - Help with planning, time management, organization, reducing procrastination

  • Support Groups - Connect with other females with ADHD to share challenges and successes

We develop integrated, personalized treatment plans tailored to the needs of each female patient.

Why Choose Renewing Mindsets for ADHD Care?

  • Specialized expertise in female ADHD testing and treatment

  • Licensed psychologists experienced in diagnosing ADHD in women and girls

  • Board certified mental health professionals provide medication management

  • Individual and group therapy sessions for women

  • ADHD coaching services

  • Flexible appointment times including evenings & weekends

  • In-person and telehealth options for convenience

Contact us today at (484)-948-5400 to schedule your initial ADHD consultation or book an appointment online.

Our team of professionals help women at every stage of life overcome ADHD-related struggles and thrive physically and emotionally. We provide evidence-based treatment in a judgment-free zone.

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