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Tracy Otsuka

How to Fall In Love With Your Neurodivergent Brain

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    Women with ADHD face unique challenges

    Despite classic signs in her childhood, Danielle didn’t realize she had ADHD until she was 32. When she was young, she struggled to sit still and talked non-stop, even getting the hurtful nickname “rattletrap” from her teacher. These signs were overlooked for a long time.

    Many women share Danielle’s experience, showing clear ADHD symptoms in childhood but only understanding their condition much later on. Often feeling different, they go through life battling shame, confusion, and low self-worth. 

    Some women only discover they have ADHD when they become parents, and their children –  usually male – are diagnosed with the condition.

    A major reason why ADHD is often missed in women is due to the way it was initially diagnosed. Early criteria were based on studies of hyperactive boys. This led to stereotypes that don’t match how ADHD often appears in women. 

    Instead of the “hyperactive” or “impulsive” type more common in men, many women show “inattentive” ADHD signs, like being shy, forgetful, or distracted.

    Take Triin, for instance. She was a well-behaved, quiet girl at school – not disruptive at all. But she was often distracted, daydreaming at the back of the class instead of listening to the teacher. Traits like being dreamy or withdrawn may not seem like obvious signs of ADHD, so Triin didn’t get diagnosed until she was 41.

    In addition, many women internalize their ADHD, hiding their struggles. This can severely affect their mental health, causing low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression.

    If you think you might have ADHD but haven’t been diagnosed, it’s important to seek expert help. Identify a specialist in ADHD, especially one who understands women’s experiences. 

    Then prepare for your appointment by making a list of your symptoms, so you’re ready to argue your case. If you feel sure about your ADHD but aren’t taken seriously, trust yourself and consider getting a second opinion. Receiving an accurate diagnosis can be incredibly healing. And it’s a crucial step towards positive life changes.

    In the next sections, we’ll look at some common issues that women with ADHD struggle with, from overthinking to conflict in relationships. While these problems can seem overwhelming at times, there are some simple, practical ways to deal with them.

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    What is ADHD for Smart Ass Women about?

    ADHD for Smart Ass Women (2023) aims to help neurodivergent women understand themselves. By learning about the condition and using specific strategies, women with ADHD – or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – can improve their lives.

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    ADHD for Smart Ass Women (2020) delves into the unique experiences of women with ADHD and offers empowering insights into thriving with the condition. Here's why this book stands out:

    • Provides practical strategies and tools tailored for smart, resourceful women, helping them navigate daily challenges with confidence.
    • Offers compelling personal stories and relatable experiences, creating a sense of community and understanding among female readers with ADHD.
    • The book's refreshing humor and candid tone ensure an engaging read, dispelling stereotypes and keeping readers entertained throughout.

    Who should read ADHD for Smart Ass Women?

    • Women with ADHD who struggle with some aspects of daily life
    • People who suspect they might have ADHD
    • Those who want to understand and support a loved one with ADHD

    About the Author

    Tracy Otsuka is an attorney and a certified ADHD coach. She’s the host of the popular podcast ADHD for Smart Ass Women.

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    What is the main message of ADHD for Smart Ass Women?

    The book ADHD for Smart Ass Women empowers women with ADHD to embrace their unique strengths and navigate daily challenges confidently.

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    Who is the author of ADHD for Smart Ass Women?

    The author of ADHD for Smart Ass Women is Tracy Otsuka.

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