ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is often thought as a disorder that only affects children, and particularly boys. That couldn't be further from the truth. Many women and girls also have ADHD, but experts note they often struggle to receive diagnoses because ADHD tends to show up in different ways in women. Regardless of sex, though, ADHD in adults can create issues with focus, organization, attention, impulse control, and following through on plans. Because of the gender divide in perceptions of ADHD, women often aren't diagnosed with ADHD until well into adulthood. Coping with this mental illness can involve using medication or making lifestyle changes, and as nine women who live with ADHD tell Bustle, it can be a process of trial and error.
Liz, 47, who was diagnosed with ADHD last year, tells Bustle, "Up until my diagnosis, I was constantly scattered. I wasn't able to organize my thoughts, all tasks were done last-minute, and I never seemed to have a logical order for accomplishing errands. At work, I felt like I couldn't understand what the person was actually saying to me. Oftentimes, my house would look like it had been robbed, as I would start a project and abandon that project to move on to something different." Liz and eight other women shared their tips and tricks for focus, organization, and kicking ass at work with their ADHD on their side.