Our women’s ADHD Services are evidence-based best practices for treating ADHD. We focus more specifically on the different challenges that women with ADHD face including hormonal fluctuations, the demands of working women that must also take primary responsibility at home, and the demands of being a woman with ADHD raising a child with ADHD. You’ve come to the right place to find professionals that are experienced and dedicated to meeting the special needs of women.
Reasons Women come to The Chesapeake Center for assessment and treatment
• For diagnostic clarification – ADHD is often overlooked or misdiagnosed as Anxiety in women
• For assistance in managing ADHD along with other co-morbidities such as anxiety, depression or insomnia
• Because their child has been diagnosed with ADHD and they recognize similar patterns during their own childhood
• Because their life is still out of control even after effective treatment for anxiety and/or depression
• Because symptoms increase after a life altering event such as:
› the birth of a child
› struggling at work after becoming a mother
› symptoms worsening during peri-menopause
› symptoms worsening at work after a change in supervisor or change in job requirements
› seperation or divorce
Many mothers tend to put themselves last, attending to the ADHD symptoms of a child while telling themselves that they can live with their own undiagnosed ADHD struggles. Our advice is to “put on your own oxygen mask before attending to others.” Women treated for ADHD can become more effective mothers, helping their child with ADHD through providing more structure, support and understanding. A growing body of research shows that untreated ADHD in women puts them at risk for more serious life and health outcomes than is true for undiagnosed men.
At Chesapeake we use evidence-based approaches in working with women with ADHD including mindfulness, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and DBT-informed therapy to help women deal more effectively with the life challenges they encounter every day.