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ADHD tends to be under-diagnosed in women compared to men, partly because ADHD symptoms present differently in women. By the time a woman is officially diagnosed with ADHD, she may have felt overwhelmed and stressed for many years. Women with undiagnosed ADHD tend to find their daily life, relationships, and work-life in a constant state of chaos. Now that you've received an ADHD diagnosis, it's time to take control with these tips:
Streamline and Simplify Your Life
When you struggle with ADHD, the daily tasks involved in running a household as well as working at a job can feel overwhelming. For this reason, it's smart to streamline your life as much as possible. Begin eliminating obligations that you don't especially enjoy, like weekly PTO meetings or that book club you signed up for out of obligation.
Another idea is to declutter your home as much as possible and even consider downsizing. Limit social outings to a monthly number that feels good instead of overwhelming. You may even want to hire a professional organizer to get your home into a more streamlined state.
Get the Right Treatment
One of the most important steps to take after receiving an ADHD diagnosis is to begin treating it with therapy and medication. ADHD treatment is not a one size fits all scenario, and in fact, it may take months of adjusting dosages and trying different prescriptions to find the best fit. For this reason, it's key to work with a psychiatrist who has expertise in treating ADHD.
Common ADHD medications like Ritalin are technically stimulants, but work to help calm people with ADHD so they can focus. Recently, antidepressants like Wellbutrin have been prescribed instead and found to be very helpful for some patients.
Consider Working With an ADHD Coach
Most women with ADHD struggle with remaining organized and reaching their goals. An ADHD coach is a life coach or business coach who specializes in helping adults with ADHD. They will help you break down large projects or goals into manageable steps. They will also help you identify your weak spots and find practical ways to improve your organization and daily life habits. In addition, your ADHD coach will also provide you with accountability by meeting with you regularly and helping you to identify your progress.
As you begin to implement these tips and steps, you will likely feel a huge sense of relief. Where your life used to feel overwhelming, it will begin to feel calmer and more under control.