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Women's Health and ADHD: What You Need To Know

A FREE special report offers insight on ADHD for girls,
adolescents and women.

Quita Remick found out eight years ago what more and more women are learning. Her disorganization, inability to focus, sense of perpetual chaos and social difficulties were not due to some defect in her personality but rather to a chemical dysfunction in her brain, - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Remick's story as well as the experiences of other women and girls
diagnosed with ADHD is featured in the National Women's Health Resource Center's (NWHRC) issue of the National Women's Health Report, "ADHD & Women's Health."

Recent research suggests ADHD affects at least 7.5 percent of school-aged children and 4.5 percent of all adults. Girls often don't get diagnosed because the disorder can look quite different in females than in males according to Patricia Quinn, M.D., executive director of the National Center for Gender Issues and ADHD. Because it is usually a lifelong disorder, how it manifests itself and how it's handled throughout a woman's life stages can differ, adds Dr. Quinn.

“Not having enough information about ADHD and how to manage it or knowing where to go for help can be major barriers to diagnosis and treatment,” says Peggy DeFelice, M.D., a clinical care physician in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at Kids First Flourtown -- The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Primary Care Network.

Common symptoms of ADHD can include failing to give close attention to details or making careless mistakes, difficulty sustaining attention to tasks, appearing not to listen when spoken to directly, failing to follow instructions carefully and completely, losing or forgetting important things, feeling restless or fidgeting, and talking excessively or blurting out answers before hearing the whole question.

"ADHD & Women's Health" includes information vital to females affected by the disorder. It describes some of the latest ADHD research and how it applies to girls; gives details on the latest ADHD medication therapy and other treatment strategies to help women and girls cope with the disorder; offers insight on how ADHD affects women at different life stages and how symptoms may be affected by puberty, pregnancy, PMS, and menopause; outlines lifestyle tips that women with ADHD can use to get organized and feel less overwhelmed by their day-to-day routines; and lists organizations and books to use as resources.

The report also provides patients with questions to ask their healthcare provider to ensure they or their daughter get the proper treatment. The questions include:

  • Do you have experience in diagnosing/treating ADHD?

  • How long have you been treating patients with ADHD?

  • Do I/does my child have ADHD? How can you tell? Could something else
    be causing this behavior?

  • Do you offer counseling as well as medication?

"ADHD & Women's Health" was developed in partnership with the National
Center for Gender Issues and ADHD, a membership organization aimed at promoting awareness, advocacy and research on the disorder in women and
girls. It was produced with the support of an educational grant from McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals.

The National Women's Health Resource Center is the nation's leading independent, nonprofit organization specifically dedicated to educating women of all ages about health and wellness issues.

To order a free copy of "ADHD & Women's Health" call toll-free (877) 986-9472 or visit www.healthywomen.org.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ADD/ADHD:
Whether you need to learn more about caring for a patient with ADD/ADHD,
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