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Women and ADHD: Finding Clarity and Renewal at Renewing Mindsets in Philadelphia and the Main Line



Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by challenges with focusing, sitting still, controlling impulses and organizing tasks. While historically viewed as mainly impacting boys and men, we now recognize that


Targeted ADHD treatment begins with accurate diagnosis. Our evidence-based Philadelphia assessments get you real solutions.

ADHD affects women equally. However, it frequently goes undetected and undertreated in women, leading to impaired functioning across domains.


At Renewing Mindsets, we specialize in comprehensive ADHD testing and tailored treatment for women and girls. Our team of female ADHD specialists takes the time to thoroughly evaluate the unique presentations of ADHD in women. We then craft integrative treatment plans to provide clarity, validation and pathways to reaching one’s potential.


Specialized ADHD Testing for Women


High-quality ADHD testing requires a specialized approach in females because symptoms often manifest differently than in males. While boys tend to exhibit outward hyperactivity and behavioral issues, women and girls commonly struggle more with:

  • Trouble focusing, forgetfulness and disorganization

  • Restlessness, mental frenzy and difficulty finishing tasks

  • Low motivation, severe procrastination

  • Emotional sensitivity, moodiness and stress overwhelm


Our ADHD specialists have extensive expertise accurately identifying and diagnosing the nuanced ways ADHD affects women and girls. We conduct multi-faceted evaluations incorporating clinical interviews, rating scales, cognitive testing and third-party perspectives. This comprehensive process leads to proper diagnosis so that women don't suffer without targeted treatment.


Integrative Treatment Tailored to Women’s Needs


Once diagnosed, we develop holistic treatment plans aligned with each woman’s unique symptom profile, lifestyle and goals. While medication is often included, our approach addresses the whole woman through:


Medication Management - We help find optimal ADHD medications and dosing to minimize side effects. We carefully track progress over time.

Lifestyle Adjustments - We offer guidance on sleep, nutrition, exercise and stress reduction tailored to the ADHD brain to enhance daily functioning.

Psychotherapy - We address ADHD-related issues like negative thought patterns, emotional dysregulation, disorganization and relationship problems through approaches like CBT and emotion-focused therapy.

ADHD Coaching - We teach organization strategies, run educational groups, and provide parenting guidance to help women capitalize on strengths and compensate for deficits.

Holistic Wellness - We encourage activities like mindfulness, yoga, nature time, massage and creative expression to support healing on all levels.


By combining evidence-based treatments with compassionate support, we empower women to understand, manage and thrive with ADHD.


Common Signs of ADHD in Women and Girls


While ADHD symptoms overlap between genders, certain characteristics are more frequently seen in females. Consider an ADHD evaluation if you relate to several of these:


  • Extreme distractibility, disorganization and forgetfulness

  • Restlessness and feeling internally rushed

  • Difficulty completing tasks and following through

  • Chronic lateness

  • Frequently misplacing items

  • Intense emotional sensitivity and mood swings

  • Easily overwhelmed by stress

  • Impulse shopping/spending or substance misuse

  • Low motivation and severe procrastination

  • Poor sleep and neglecting self-care

  • Relationship conflicts over reliability


If these symptoms significantly impair work, relationships or daily life, testing can uncover the root causes and point toward solutions. Our compassionate specialists will listen to your struggles and help you find answers, validation and relief.


The Benefits of Testing and Treatment at Renewing Mindsets


Seeking help shows courage, self-awareness and commitment to self-care. At Renewing Mindsets, clients report feeling:


  • Validated - finally there are explanations beyond being scatterbrained.

  • Understood - symptoms have logical causes you can now manage.

  • Hopeful - tailored treatment strategies create paths to reach your potential.

  • Supported - our team provides expertise and emotional backing.

  • Relieved - medication and therapy provide tangible tools to thrive.

  • Confident - treatment allows your true talents and gifts to shine through.


Don't struggle alone. Call us at (484)-948-5400 to learn more or schedule an appointment. Renewing mindsets renews lives.


Finding a Specialist for Women with ADHD in Philadelphia and the Main Line


Here are tips for finding the right provider to evaluate and treat ADHD in women and girls:


  • Search directories like Psychology Today filtering by gender, ADHD expertise and location.

  • Look for those who publish, speak or belong to ADHD groups, signaling specialty interest.

  • Ask prospective providers about their experience with females with ADHD and any common patterns they observe.

  • Get referrals from therapists or doctors familiar with your symptoms who can direct you to appropriate specialists.

  • Verify licenses - you want someone like a psychologist, psychiatrist or pediatrician.

  • Check online reviews and feedback about their process, expertise and bedside manner.


The right specialist for your needs is out there. With improved understanding and proper treatment, a brighter future awaits. You deserve clarity and the chance to thrive!

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