Many women report having “mom brain,” in which they report being forgetful, having difficulty concentrating, and being impatient. While “mom brain” has been proven to be a real phenomenon, it is typically reported by women who are pregnant or have young children. “Mom brain” is situational and typically goes away on its own. These same symptoms, however, can also be indicative of undiagnosed ADHD in women.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common mental health disorder that effects roughly 10.5 million adults in America. It is estimated that 13% of men will be diagnosed with ADHD in their lifetime while just 4.2% of women will be diagnosed. It is hypothesized that this disparity occurs due to the way the disorder presents in women versus men. Men tend to display more external symptoms such as “acting out,” hyperactivity, and difficulty focusing. Women, on the other hand, do not display “typical” ADHD behavior. Their symptoms are more internal and can include being withdrawn, “flaky,” having low self-esteem, experiencing depression or anxiety, an inability to focus, and a tendency to “daydream.”