It was sometime in the dying days of 1999 that I was unexpectedly diagnosed as having ADHD.
The Internet was in it’s infancy, so it seemed natural to get connected. However, I first connected with other adult ADDers. In no time I had 8 small groups running, with around 5 people on average. One of those groups was an all-female group, not intentionally, it just happened like that. I am eternally grateful for that quirk of fate.
At the first meeting I asked if they could treat me as one-of-the-girls, so to speak. They did, and the longer we met, the easier it became for them and me.
Those meetings were enormously significant in my life, and especially valuable in my life as an ADHD Coach. I was in a privileged position once a week to learn more about how women think, how easily they share things that most men won’t even admit to themselves.
I absolutely do not claim to be an expert on women, but there is a special place in my heart for each of my female clients. Within my passion for people who have - and live alongside - the condition, there is an intense passion for women with the condition.
Looking back over the almost 2 decades of ADHD Coaching, I realised that most of clients have been women, from mid-teens to seniors. Many of the female spouses of my male clients have also had a significant influence on the progress of their loved ones.
So it”s natural that there should be a separate section of the website devoted to these wonderful, influential, and seriously affected members of the species.
I believe that women are more severely affected by ADHD than men are. This is not absolute, and the many reasons for this statement will become clear as the body of women-focused articles and knowledge grows.
The articles will be more emotive, I will use the “anonymous case study” technique a lot more. I also get a lot of questions via email and Quora; the answers provide excellent material.
Please give me any feedback on email, let me know if there are specific topics you want me to write about.