When most people think of ADHD, they usually picture a hyperactive boy who won’t sit still. What many therapists don’t realize is that ADHD in women can exhibit itself quite differently. Their brain-based challenges stay hidden behind a wall of quiet self-isolation, low self-esteem, and internalized shame. As a result, these women are often misdiagnosed with anxiety and depression. And when they don’t get the treatment they need, they can leave therapy feeling worse about themselves, wondering why nothing is helping and they “just can’t get it together.” While getting this diagnosis right is critical to successful therapy, so are the interventions you apply from there. You’ll discover:
- Why focusing on behavior strategies and coping skills isn’t enough for most women with ADHD and what to do instead
- How to facilitate a step-by-step process to help clients untangle their core sense of self from their brain-based challenges
- How to apply interventions that heal and go beyond task and time management tools
Sari Solden, MS, a psychotherapist, author, and speaker, has counseled adults (including psychotherapists) with ADHD for 30 years. She specializes in women with ADHD and the healing process for adults who grew up with undiagnosed ADHD. She is the author of the classic book Women with Attention Deficit Disorder and the newly released workbook A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD.