Girls, Women, Femininity, and ADHD (a new blog series!)

“We are gazelle and doe, elephant and whale, lilies and roses and peach, we are air, we are flame, we are oyster and pearl, we are girls. We are woman and nature. And he says he cannot hear us speak.
But we hear.”
-Susan Griffin, “Prologue” of Woman and Nature.
Too often when I seek out resources on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), I come across stories of children, adolescents, and grown men who have struggled with the symptoms of ADHD. But what of we women?

Since starting this blog in late August of 2011, I’ve heard from many women who have overcome the challenges they once faced with ADHD and now look ahead to determine how they can help their children manage their inherited differences. Or, such letters describe the reverse; a son or daughter has been diagnosed with ADHD and for the first time, a mother is recognizing those symptoms in herself.

In our modern culture, women occupy a myriad of roles. We are mothers, executives, wives, girlfriends, talents, caretakers, daughters, business managers, political leaders, social chairs, and sisters (to name a handful). At least in the United States, we are offered choice. We can take up any one of these roles or struggle to straddle them all, with one hand, foot, finger, toe, and elbow on each circle in life’s game of Twister. We are overstretched and underpaid. But then, who isn’t?

Despite our gained freedom and equality, we are inherently different from men in more ways than science has yet to prove. Society too has nurtured centuries of unique feminine ideals and so our histories are distinct.

So how do these societal roles, strains, and biological differences alter our experience of ADHD?

With this post, I’d like to kick off another series of blogs that address the hardships and triumphs that girls and women experience as a result of ADHD. Such posts will pop up every now and again, so keep your eyes peeled for them.

The information out there is still relatively sparse, but here's a brief video from CNet.com, "Women Coping with ADHD."