Why Do ADHD Symptoms Appear to Increase As A Woman Ages?


Harold Robert Meyer/The ADD Resource Center 9/15/2023

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In this article, we will discuss the reasons why ADHD symptoms increase as women age and explore coping strategies to manage these symptoms.

Understanding ADHD in women

ADHD is often thought of as a condition that affects boys more than girls. However, research has shown that ADHD is just as prevalent in girls, and the symptoms may present differently. Women with ADHD may be more prone to inattention symptoms than hyperactivity symptoms.

Women with ADHD may struggle with self-esteem and feelings of inadequacy. They may feel like they are not living up to their potential or that they are constantly falling short. It is important to understand that ADHD is a medical condition, and seeking treatment and support can help women manage their symptoms and reach their full potential.

Factors contributing to ADHD symptoms in women as they age

ADHD symptoms can become more prevalent in women as they age. There are several factors that contribute to this, including hormonal changes, menopause, and the demands of everyday life.

Hormonal changes and ADHD symptoms

Hormonal changes can impact ADHD symptoms in women. The menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause can all affect the severity of ADHD symptoms. During the menstrual cycle, women may experience changes in mood, energy levels, and focus. Pregnancy can also impact ADHD symptoms, with some women experiencing a decrease in symptoms during pregnancy but an increase in symptoms postpartum.

Menopause and ADHD

Menopause can also impact ADHD symptoms in women. The hormonal changes associated with menopause can cause a decrease in estrogen levels, which can impact cognitive function. Women may experience more difficulty with memory, concentration, and attention during menopause. Additionally, the stress of menopause and the physical changes associated with aging can make it more challenging to manage ADHD symptoms.

Coping strategies for managing ADHD symptoms in older women

There are several coping strategies that women can use to manage ADHD symptoms as they age. These strategies include seeking professional help, making lifestyle changes, and connecting with support groups and resources.

Seeking professional help for ADHD symptoms in women

Seeking professional help is essential for women with ADHD. A mental health professional can diagnose ADHD and develop a treatment plan to manage symptoms. Treatment may include medication (though some women have told me that their medication “appears to be less effective” at perimenopause, which has certain overlapping symptoms in itself), coaching, therapy, or a combination. It is important to work with a mental health professional who specializes in ADHD to ensure that the treatment plan is tailored to individual needs.

Lifestyle changes to alleviate ADHD symptoms

Women with ADHD can also make lifestyle changes to help manage their symptoms. This may include developing a routine, setting goals, and breaking tasks down into smaller, manageable steps. Exercise, healthy eating, and getting enough sleep can also help alleviate ADHD symptoms. Women can also try mindfulness and relaxation techniques to reduce stress and improve focus.

Support groups and resources for women with ADHD

Finally, connecting with support groups and resources can help women with ADHD feel less alone and more empowered to manage their symptoms. There are many online resources available, including blogs, forums, and social media groups, where women can connect with others who have ADHD. Local support groups and advocacy organizations can also provide valuable resources and support.


ADHD is a condition that affects people of all ages and genders. Women with ADHD may experience an increase in symptoms as they age due to hormonal changes, menopause, and the demands of everyday life. However, there are many coping strategies that women can use to manage their symptoms, including seeking professional help, making lifestyle changes, and connecting with support groups and resources. By understanding ADHD and seeking support, women can learn to manage their symptoms and reach their full potential.

Harold Robert Meyer/The ADD Resource Center 9/15/2023

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