A question and answers book on the subject of ADHD in women and girls.
When this book was written 5 years ago, ADHD/ADD was still being diagnosed a lot more often in males than females. This is something Quinn discusses at the beginning of the book as her inspiration (if that’s the right word) for writing the book. Even though there has been an improvement in recognising ADHD/ADD in girls, there’s still the issue of people not knowing what to do once those girls grow up. There does seem to be the expectation – for both genders – that when children grow up, they grow out of ADHD. In reality, what happens is they become adults with ADHD who aren’t always offered appropriate or even any support.
This book approaches the common problems, issues, questions that might be asked about ADHD in girls and women and gives information, advice and ideas in easy to follow language. A huge variety of topics are touched on from school through seeking diagnosis through relationships, hobbies and the workplace. Some of the questions answered include:
3. What is the prevalence of ADHD in males versus females?
5. What do symptoms of ADHD look like in girls?
24. Girls with ADHD are often anxious. Is this anxiety secondary to ADHD or a separate condition?
48. When are stimulant medications not recommended?
73. How is menopause likely to affect my ADHD?
There are also sections where women with ADHD wrote to Quinn with anecdotes and questions about how to manage ADHD in different aspects of their lives. This helps to show why access to this information is very important.
I wouldn’t necessarily recommend reading the book from front to back like I did because I’m not sure that’s the best way to use the book as you end up with a lot of information to take in in one sitting. Locating specific sections and answers to specific questions might be a more productive approach to using the book. That said, the book is relatively easy to read through, even the sections about different medications are accessible in terms of language, and Quinn’s style of writing gets to the point effectively.
The only thing I found a little odd was the idea that really medication was the way to go in terms of treating ADHD. I will admit I do not know as much about ADHD as I do about autism, and while I am aware that medication for ADHD has a high success rate, I didn’t know that it’s the blanket accepted method for treating ADHD. The science and medical explanations behind it make sense, but I was still surprised. Even with that, though, Quinn takes a lot of time to discuss non-medicine based means of helping women and girls with ADHD to manage problems and challenges they come across in the day-to-day of their lives.
If you know a girl or woman with ADHD or if you fall into the category yourself and have questions or need advice about it then chances are this book has at least some of the things you’re looking for. It is a solid and useful Q and A.