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Recognizing and Managing ADHD in Women with Renewing Mindsets in Philadelphia & The Main Line


ADHD evaluation in Philadelphia with Renewing Mindsets offering collaborative assessments and reducing stigma around this common disorder.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that makes it difficult to focus, control impulses, and pay attention. Historically ADHD has been considered a condition mainly affecting boys and men, however it impacts a substantial number of women and girls as well. ADHD frequently presents differently in females and is often overlooked, resulting in impaired academic, career, and personal outcomes. At Renewing Mindsets, we have specialized expertise in providing testing, diagnosis, and treatment for ADHD in females throughout Philadelphia and the Main Line area.


Understanding How ADHD Manifests in Females


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

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

  • Females with ADHD usually exhibit more inattentive type symptoms rather than hyperactivity.

  • Impacts may include disorganization, forgetfulness, distraction, poor time management, and difficulty finishing tasks.

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

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


Common Signs and Symptoms of ADHD in Women


Inattention

  • 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


Impulsivity

  • Interrupting others

  • Impatience

  • Difficulty waiting turns

  • Acting first, thinking later

  • Low frustration tolerance

  • Emotional reactivity


Hyperactivity

  • 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 Assessment 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 build 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 mental health professionals 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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