Women with ADHD - the struggle of meeting the dual demands of a household and career

The impact of ADHD on woman can bring a different set of difficulties compared to those experienced by adult males.

According to website ADDvance, women with ADHD can struggle with feelings of guilt and overwhelm related to managing current societal expectations around ‘keeping house’ and having a career. For example busy mothers may find it very difficult to get started on or complete jobs around the house that they find tedious. As those with ADHD know, it can be very difficult to get going on tasks that are not experienced as highly engaging or urgent often leading to a sense of growing unease about all the uncompleted daily tasks that need attention.


Lisa Walton - Diagnosis at 36

Lisa Walton was diagnosed at 36 even though her teachers thought she might have ADHD when she started school. Before her diagnosis she tried various jobs: receptionist, data entry, project management, office admin, PA. Dancing was her attempt to not work 9 to 5. She studied for and tried to run her own business.

Lisa has captured her journey from childhood through to diagnosis as an adult in an entertaining and illuminating account. Interestingly Lisa's behaviour at school will resonate for men as well as women - hyperactive, disruptive, excelling at subjects she liked and problematic elsewhere.

Read her fascinating story and how at 36 years old she has found hope for future success at http://m.dailylife.com.au/health-and-fitness/dl-wellbeing/the-diagnosis-that-changed-my-life-20160401-gnwfow

Swimming the Cole Classic and Supporting ADDults with ADHD

Sunday 7 February 2016 is the date of this year's Sydney Morning Herald Cole Classic ocean swimming event .

One of our Committee of Management members, Deborah Trevan-Catling, is an entrant in one of the divisions and has dedicated her swim to supporting ADDults with ADHD through her supporter page .

Many individuals with ADHD find that sport, exercise and physical activity like swimming, cycling, jogging and walking help them manage their ADHD. Appropriate exercise and sport are generally good for our health and wellbeing. Many find physical activity also helps increase self-esteem and general satisfaction with life. Research has demonstrated that physical activity can reduce impulsivity,&nbsp intrusive (distracting) thoughts and anxiety.

The Cole Classic swim event is just one of several events throughout 2016 that offers opportunities for individuals to participate in healthy activity as well as supporting donations for ADDults with ADHD. Across the year the ADDults with ADHD news page will highlight events that might be of interest to its members and the ADHD community. If you are interested in participating in Team ADHD during 2016 in a swim event, the City2Surf or a similar event to help raise funds for ADDults with ADHD please contact us .

The Cole Classic this weekend is one way that you can support the work of ADDults with ADHD by a donation through our Everyday Hero donation page.

Alternatively you can go to the general donations page on this website .

Does Adult ADHD always have a childhood onset?

A New Zealand study recently published in the American Journal of Psychiatry (1) questions the current assumption that all adults with ADHD can point to evidence or diagnosis of ADHD as a child. DSM 5 specifies a requirement of onset before the age of 12 years.


The Best Thing Anyone Ever Said About ADHD Medication

A recent article by Rick Green discussing his trials of ADHD meds over the years does not tread the well worn boards of scientific justification for medication. It talks about respecting opinion and the reality that one person cannot know with any certainty the experience of another person.


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