There are special issues that ADHD + gifted women face. Society expects high IQ women to “have it all together”, but ADHD still gets in the way. The results? Anxiety, low self-esteem, depression and more.
Dr. Littman discusses why high IQ ADHD women are often harder to diagnosis (often diagnosed later in life), their unique developmental challenges that contribute to their struggles, how they present differently from other women with ADHD, and what they can do to change their experience of living with ADHD.
About Ellen Littman, Ph.D.
Ellen B. Littman, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist licensed in New York State, attended Brown University, Yale University, the clinical psychology doctoral program at Long Island University, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has been involved with the field of attentional disorders for over 27 years. Dr. Littman specializes in identifying and treating complex presentations of ADHD that may be misinterpreted or overlooked. Described by the American Psychological Association as a pioneer in the identification of gender differences in ADHD, she has particular expertise with issues affecting women and girls. Internationally recognized and published, Dr. Littman is co-author of the book Understanding Girls with ADHD and contributing author of the books The Hidden Side of Adult ADHD, Understanding Women with ADHD, and Gender Differences in ADHD, among others.