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Female-Specific ADHD and ASD Assessment

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Enhancing ADHD diagnostic assessment in females

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The Struggle of ADHD in Females

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£999

Despite ADHD being a common condition, the journey to diagnosis and treatment for females is fraught with hurdles, largely due to how their symptoms manifest and the societal expectations placed upon them. Unlike their male counterparts, who might display more overt signs of hyperactivity and disruptiveness, girls and women with ADHD often experience symptoms that are less visible and more internalized. These can include inattentiveness, daydreaming, and disorganization—traits that are easily misinterpreted as mere personality quirks rather than indicators of a deeper neurological condition.

The Hidden Symptoms of ADHD in Females

ADHD in females often remains undetected, leading to significant impacts. Their symptoms, more internalized than males’, challenge daily life and mental health. At Sanctum, we advocate for a gender-sensitive approach in diagnosis and treatment.

The challenges in diagnosing ADHD in women and girls

  • The Subtle Symptom Profile

    ADHD in females often shows less hyperactivity, more inattention, affecting academics and relationships, and is mistakenly seen as lack of effort.

  • The Issue of Late Emergence

    ADHD symptoms in females often emerge during major life changes, delaying diagnosis until adulthood's complex challenges prompt them to seek help.

  • Navigating Biases in Referral and Diagnosis

    Gender biases hinder ADHD referrals in females, with inattentiveness often overlooked, leaving many undiagnosed and without essential support.

  • Hormonal Influences and Their Impact

    Hormonal changes like puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause can worsen ADHD in females, highlighting the need for personalised treatment approaches.

  • Compensatory behaviours

    Females with ADHD may use compensatory behaviors to blend in, delaying diagnosis and potentially leading to substance use and high-risk activities.

  • Comorbidity: The Overlapping Challenges

    Females with ADHD frequently experience comorbid conditions, such as depression, anxiety, and emotional dysregulation, which can obscure the underlying ADHD. These internalized symptoms often take precedence in treatment, leaving the ADHD unaddressed.

Understanding the Female Perspective

Women and girls with ADHD or ASD often experience their symptoms differently from their male counterparts, which can lead to misdiagnosis or late diagnosis. Recognizing this, we offer a specialized assessment approach that considers the unique presentation of ADHD and ASD in females, including the impact of hormonal changes.

Why Female-Specific Assessment?

Historically, research and diagnostic criteria for ADHD and ASD have been male-centric, overlooking how these conditions manifest in females. This oversight can lead to a lifetime of challenges, from academic struggles to difficulties in social relationships. Our goal is to change this narrative by providing targeted assessment tools and resources that cater specifically to the needs of women and girls

Our Assessment Process

Our assessment includes a comprehensive evaluation that looks at:

  • The subtleties of social communication and interaction.
  • Internalized symptoms like inattention and emotional dysregulation.
  • The impact of life stages and hormonal changes on symptom presentation.
  • Female specific assessment tools.

The Role of Hormonal Testing

Hormonal fluctuations can significantly affect ADHD and ASD symptoms in females. Our approach includes hormonal testing to understand these impacts better and tailor management strategies that align with your physiological makeup. We understand the impact of sex hormones, stress and adrenal response, sleep hormones and gut health and how they correlate with your symptoms. 

Problems, features or conditions seen in females with ADHD

Co-occurring functional problems, associated features or conditions commonly seen in addition to ADHD symptoms in girls and women with ADHD, presented along with age-ranges for detection. These may serve as triggers to help to identify individuals who may require assessment for ADHD. Click on the tab to reveal which features are more prevalent at each age. 

  • Age 5-11
    Platinum
  • Age 12-15
    Gold
  • Age 16-18
    Platinum
  • Age 18+
    Gold
Female ADHD Age 5-11
Platinum
Age 12-15
Gold
Age 16-18
Platinum
Age 18+
Gold
Female ADHD
£999
PLATINUM
£799
GOLD
£1450
PLATINUM
£999
GOLD
Frequent Detentions
Academic difficulties
Poor attendance/Truancy
Failing to achieve true potential
Low self esteem in academic tasks
Educational exclusions/suspensions
Difficulty in educational transition
Problems with lateness and organisation
Drop out from education
Employment problems/Job loss
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  • Age 5-11
    Platinum
  • Age 12-15
    Gold
  • Age 16-18
    Platinum
  • Age 18+
    Gold
Female ADHD Age 5-11
Platinum
Age 12-15
Gold
Age 16-18
Platinum
Age 18+
Gold
Female ADHD
£999
PLATINUM
£799
GOLD
£1450
PLATINUM
£999
GOLD
Problems with relationships, conflict with parents and peers
Involvement in bullying/victimisation, cyberbullying (typically as victims)
Difficulty maintaining peer relationships
Relationship problems
Anxiety related to peer relations
Social rejection/isolation
Parenting problems, social services contact
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  • Age 5-11
    Platinum
  • Age 12-15
    Gold
  • Age 16-18
    Platinum
  • Age 18+
    Gold
Female ADHD Age 5-11
Platinum
Age 12-15
Gold
Age 16-18
Platinum
Age 18+
Gold
Female ADHD
£999
PLATINUM
£799
GOLD
£1450
PLATINUM
£999
GOLD
Regular tobacco and alcohol use
Substance Misuse (including alcohol)
Excessive computer game use: gaming, social media, internet
Gambling problems
Compulsive shopping
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  • Age 5-11
    Platinum
  • Age 12-15
    Gold
  • Age 16-18
    Platinum
  • Age 18+
    Gold
Female ADHD Age 5-11
Platinum
Age 12-15
Gold
Age 16-18
Platinum
Age 18+
Gold
Female ADHD
£999
PLATINUM
£799
GOLD
£1450
PLATINUM
£999
GOLD
Regular/excessive nicotine/alcohol use
Early sexualised behaviour
Risky sexual behaviour
Underage or unwanted pregnancy
Delinquent or criminal behaviour
Involvement in criminal justice system
Financial difficulties/debt- bad spending
Road traffic accidents
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  • Age 5-11
    Platinum
  • Age 12-15
    Gold
  • Age 16-18
    Platinum
  • Age 18+
    Gold
Female ADHD Age 5-11
Platinum
Age 12-15
Gold
Age 16-18
Platinum
Age 18+
Gold
Female ADHD
£999
PLATINUM
£799
GOLD
£1450
PLATINUM
£999
GOLD
Co-occuring developmental conditions (ASD, Dyslexia)
Obesity/disordered eating
Excessive computer game use: gaming, social media, internet
Self harm/suicidality
Internalising Conditions- Depression/Anxiety
Post natal depression
Treatment resistant depression
Fibromyalgia
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Personality disorder
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  • Age 5-11
    Platinum
  • Age 12-15
    Gold
  • Age 16-18
    Platinum
  • Age 18+
    Gold
Female ADHD Age 5-11
Platinum
Age 12-15
Gold
Age 16-18
Platinum
Age 18+
Gold
Female ADHD
£999
PLATINUM
£799
GOLD
£1450
PLATINUM
£999
GOLD
Enuresis
Nail biting
Repeated injuries
Sleep difficulties
Intellectual and learning difficulties
Executive function challenges
Extreme emotional meltdowns
Low self esteem
Difficulties with personal hygiene
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Our Assessment Process

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Female specific assessment

We have carefully created a bespoke approach to understanding the challenges females with ADHD face and also female specific ASD screening.

Hormone Mapping

Conduct a comprehensive hormone profile that evaluates your reproductive and adrenal hormones. The most comprehensive hormone test available for both men/women.

ADHD Treatment for women

We will provide personalised recommendations for ADHD management combined with hormone optimisation and stress management interventions.

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Contacts

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Phone

0161 768 7634

Email

pam@sanctumhealthcare.co.uk

Address​

3, The Beeches, Beech Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5ER

Working Hours

Mon to Fri: 9 am – 5 pm

Weekends, Bank holidays: Closed

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