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Connecting the Dots: My Midlife Journey with Adult AD/HD

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Most of us have heard of ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), so why is it so common for women not to be diagnosed until they are in midlife? While boys manifest their ADHD in hyperactive behaviors, female sufferers tend to internalize their symptoms, contending with anxiety, depression, demoralization, and self-esteem issues. Because of this, a woman's diagnosis often comes later on, with the realization that she is just not coping with life, work, and relationships as well as she should be. She's not meeting anyone's expectations, certainly not her own. So much has been discovered in the last 10 years about ADHD in girls and women, but a lot of it's still not commonly known. Awareness of your symptoms is the key to change, and it all begins with self-awareness.

Novelist Gabriella West is refreshingly candid about her journey towards a diagnosis of ADHD, which started a few years ago when she encouraged her female partner to get a diagnosis. She uncovers a family history of the disorder, looking back at her own mother's life as a divorced American in Ireland in the 1970s. In Connecting the Dots, she highlights common symptoms that women with inattentive-type ADHD experience, and shows that although getting a diagnosis is not necessarily easy, the relief of finding an explanation for things that previously just seemed "wrong" is enormous and healing.

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beautiful

thank you! I myself have recently been diagnosed with ADHD at 35. wish I'd known long long ago

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  • Always On the Move
  • 15-06-2019

It Connected to My Dots, Too!

Women with ADD or ADHD are a special type. Many of us are high-functioning and getting by... until we aren't. This thoughtful memoir by Gabriella West is about getting through the crisis point that happens when we realize we might need some help after all.

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  • Brandy Griffith
  • 23-09-2020

No strategies provided for coping w/ ADHD

This book is an interesting summary of the author’s experience with the discovery that she might have ADHD and her journey in obtaining an official diagnosis. In this regard, the book is very effective. However, as a newly diagnosed adult female, I was hoping the book would provide some helpful strategies, tips, and/or personal insights from a female perspective, on ways one might cope with and effectively manage symptoms in order to improve functioning in their daily lives. The book fell very short in this regard. Although I could certainly identify with the author in many ways on coming to the realization that I have ADHD, other than a short summary of available medications, a few already well known websites, and a handful of recommendations on what other books to read on the subject, the author completes her personal account without providing the reader with any new guidance whatsoever. This exclusion may be due to the fact that the author is relatively newly diagnosed herself. Nonetheless, I would say that although the book is well written and effectively narrated, I felt it mainly consisted of only a highly relatable story, and failed to offer a more technical description or any helpful guidance for someone hoping to overcome these challenges.

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  • Dee Browne
  • 20-07-2020

Very refreshing to hear that I am not alone.

Am on my own journey right now and hearing other accounts gives me hope for the process.

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