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  • Writer's pictureDr Oscar D'Agnone, MD, MRCPsych.

ADHD symptoms in women: How they differ from symptoms in men

Updated: Oct 9, 2023


ADHD, also known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, impacts the sufferers’ behaviour. Usually, those with ADHD come across as restless and act impulsively. ADHD symptoms appear differently for everyone. Despite this, the same gender tends to experience similar symptoms. The majority of ADHD sufferers find themselves dealing with symptoms of inattentiveness, problems concentrating and focusing, as well as hyperactivity and impulsiveness.


Here at the OAD Clinic, we can offer the best quality treatment for ADHD for patients from all around the world.


A larger number of males are diagnosed with ADHD in comparison to females. This may be because female ADHD symptoms tend to be internalised and as a result, they are harder to spot and diagnose.

Women are much less likely to present disruptive behaviour that makes ADHD symptoms more obvious to diagnose.


Let’s explore the difference in ADHD symptoms in men and women.


Female symptoms of ADHD


Females with ADHD are more likely to suffer from subjective impairment as well as severe inattention symptoms compared to men with ADHD. Some other symptoms of ADHD found more in women than in men are feeling overwhelmed, being impatient and lacking motivation as well as disorganisation.


Other symptoms found mostly in women who have ADHD are:

  • Frequent daydreaming

  • Hypersexuality

  • Perfectionism

  • Social anxiety or shyness

  • Eating disorders

  • Insomnia

  • Switching off from conversations frequently

  • Skin picking, nail-biting, hair pulling or other self-harming habits

  • Different forms of anxiety


Hormones tend to worsen ADHD symptoms in females.


The OAD Clinic provides treatment for ADHD in women from all over the world. If you are from outside of the UK, the OAD Clinic can still support you with your ADHD symptoms and treatment.


Male Symptoms of ADHD


Men with ADHD tend to have heightened levels of distraction and hyperactivity, which is easy to spot at a young age. Men with ADHD will jump fast from task to task without finishing the previous task. As a result of this, their academic or productivity performance may be impacted at school or in their workplace.


In addition, men suffering from ADHD come across as avoidant and conflicted. Men with ADHD are difficult to calm down when angry, and it may only take something small to wind them up to cause them to act out as annoyed, irritated or angry. This will negatively impact their relationships with others causing frequent conflict.


ADHD treatment is available in the UK with OAD Clinic’s many years of clinical excellence using combined clinical and electronic assessment tools, including the TOVA test for ADHD.


Both genders' symptoms of ADHD


Whilst ADHD can look different in men and women, there are some common symptoms found in both genders suffering from ADHD. These symptoms include:


  • Disruptive behaviour

  • Often losing things

  • Interrupting others

  • Aggressiveness

  • Angry outbursts

  • Insensitivity


ADHD sufferers are also more likely to display high-risk behaviours such as substance misuse, unhealthy sexual habits and excessive financial spending.


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