The Highly Sensitive ADHD Woman: When Life is Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Chaotic – 2022



Have you been told all your life that you are too sensitive? Are you easily overwhelmed? Are you unable to watch violent or other intensely emotional TV shows?

Do you feel sensory “assaulted” by your environment? Does this sound like you?

  • Lights are too bright
  • Clothing tags feel like daggers to your skin
  • Perfume triggers migraines
  • You can’t stand crowds, malls, noisy places
  • You feel things deeply, and take on others’ feelings as well
  • You hear criticisms where there might not be any

I will be discussing how and why many women with ADHD are highly sensitive and what you can do to recognize your triggers so you can calm and protect yourself.



Terry Matlen, LMSW, ACSW, an internationally recognized expert on ADHD in women, is a psychotherapist, author, consultant, and coach. She is the author of the award-winning book, “The Queen of Distraction” and “Survival Tips for Women with AD/HD”, and, an international online resource serving women with ADHD, and www.QueensOfDistraction, an online coaching program for women with ADHD. With more than 25 years of experience helping women with ADHD, Terry is a sought-after presenter at conferences, webinars, and interviews. She has written hundreds of articles for various publications, including ADDitude Magazine, Attention Magazine &π She served for many years on the board of directors of ADDA (Attention Deficit Disorder Assoc.) and is immediate past coordinator of the E. Oakland County CHADD(Children and Adults with ADHD) Chapter in Michigan. Follow her at,, can be reached [email protected]

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