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Female ADHD Test: Symptoms Checklist for Women

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Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition in which people have significant difficulty with focus and hyperactive behaviors.

Frequently thought of to be a disorder of childhood, however, adults can also be affected by this. ADHD is broken down into three categories: inattentive type, hyperactive type, and combined type.

ADHD may differ between men and women. In this article, we’ll discuss the common symptoms of this condition and the particular signs a woman needs to know before taking a female ADHD test.

Common Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD Symptoms)

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ADHD Symptoms can vary but typically include:

  • Difficulty focusing
  • Poor organizational skills
  • Lack of attention to detail
  • Procrastination
  • Impulsivity
  • Hyperactivity
  • Fidgeting
  • Interrupting others

Causes of ADHD

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There is no specific identifiable cause of ADHD, however, there is definitely a genetic predisposition as well as other risk factors that may lead to ADHD, including: 

  • Environmental factor
  • Head injuries
  • Substance use during pregnancy that affects the baby

ADHD Diagnosis

How do mental health professionals diagnose ADHD?

Several types of evaluations can assist in the diagnosis of ADHD. At PNS, we use a computerized assessment called the Conners Continuous Performance Test (CPT). It involves a series of button clicks depending on the letter that appears on the screen, taking approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. The test helps analyze an individual’s level of inattentiveness, sustained attention, impulsivity, and vigilance.

Read more about Conners Testing here.

Signs that Someone Needs To Get Female ADHD Test

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Males are much more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than females. This is because women with ADHD tend to have a much more unique presentation of symptoms. 

Keep reading below to learn the signs that a woman might need to take a female ADHD test.

Symptoms of ADHD in Women

Symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in many women tend to present more subtle and can include:

  • Hypersensitivity to noises or smells
  • Daydreaming or even “mom brain”
  • Lacking motivation with day-to-day tasks
  • Insecurity
  • Low self-esteem
  • Easily emotional
  • Trouble listening

Symptoms among males are far more obvious than in females, so it is much easier to spot and diagnose a male with ADHD.

How A Healthcare Professional Treats Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Two types of medications exist for the treatment of ADHD — stimulants (Amphetamine, Mixed Amphetamine, Methylphenidate) and non-stimulants (Atomoxetine, Guanfacine, Viloxazine). Stimulants are more commonly used for the treatment of ADHD; however, it is important for a proper psychiatric evaluation to ensure that a stimulant is appropriate for the patient and their symptoms.

Proper clinical evaluation by a mental health professional is always needed for an accurate diagnosis of ADHD. Don’t hesitate to consult a psychiatrist about female ADHD test.

Help Is Always Available

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If you or someone you know is showing signs of attention deficit disorder or other mental health issues such as bipolar disorder and social anxiety disorder, don’t hesitate to talk and seek help from a mental healthcare professional.


Remember, help is always available to anyone struggling with their mental health and wellness.

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