ADDA serves, connects, and empowers adults with ADHD. While adults with ADHD share many common traits, we know every one of us has a unique experience and it is our goal to continue to bring you content relevant to your life.  With many events taking place this year to build awareness and support for women with ADHD, we thought there’s no better place to start than building a section of just for women!

ADDA Announces Partnership with Industry Giant, Sari Solden

WomenwithADDAsk anyone in the ADHD community where to learn ADHD and women, and they’ll point straight to Sari Solden. Sari was a pioneer in the field and one of the earliest supporters of ADDA; we are grateful she hasn’t strayed too far!

The publication of Sari’s book Women with Attention Deficit Disorder in 1995 was a pivotal moment in the evolution of our understanding of ADHD in general and women’s experiences in particular. In the year of this important anniversary, 2015, the book continues to resonate with women all over the world just as it did 20 years ago.

While ADDA is known for its life-changing conferences, we simply aren’t in a position, financially or organizationally, to host a conference this year. We are working hard to connect adults with ADHD to innovative programs that can be reached right at home, but we know that gathering with your tribe, telling stories, exchanging ideas and talking to others with familiar life experiences are incredibly powerful. So we were elated to learn that Sari Solden is hosting a one-of-a-kind non-conference, the Better Together Festival, celebrating women with ADHD and those who support them. She’s taken all the best parts of an ADDA Conference (gathering in the hallways for discussions, talking late into the night about anything we’re passionate about, gathering with hundreds of people who all get you, oh, and you can’t forget the talent show!) and distilled them all into a festival!

We are truly honored to be announcing a partnership with Sari since, as declared in the name of her event, we truly are better together.  In collaboration with Sari Solden, ADDA’s Women with ADHD page is brought to you to celebrate of 20 years of making lives better for women with ADHD.

Share Your Turning Points to Help Create Hope

We know one of the most healing experiences for adults with ADHD is to feel like someone really “gets it.” Life with ADHD can be tough and the unfortunate addition of stigma and poor awareness of what ADHD really means can get you down – really down.  This is why, as part of our “Help Create Hope” campaign, we are collecting real life stories of hope that communicate understanding, connection, inspiration, and strength.  Sari Solden calls these stories “turning points,” depictions of the small moments that lead to big change: the moments you realize things have shifted, you did something a bit differently, or you suddenly found yourself on a new, more satisfying path.

We hope that you will share your turning points so we can share them with others and create a living, breathing library of hope to make life a little easier for women with ADHD. Stories can be submitted on our Help Create Hope page.

Learn more about Better Together Festival!

The Better Together Festival is sure to be a long-awaited ADDA reunion. Find out more on our festival page or visit Ask about special ADDA member discounts!

Ask Sari

On this page you will find information specific to women’s issues. We’ll include videos, articles, an ask the expert series and announcements of events and products geared specifically towards women. We’re excited Sari has agreed to help us create an “Ask Sari” column and we invite you to submit questions specific to women with ADHD that Sari will answer in a monthly video address.

Your questions answered!

Here are some of the questions that Sari has ALREADY answered. Take a look now and then submit your own question for Sari to answer in the form below. Check back often for new videos!

How does ADHD affect memory in women?

How can I help a young adult with ADHD who might have ADHD, but won’t talk about it?

Are a lot of women diagnosed with ADHD late in life because their symptoms were attributed to other things?

Since ADHD is affected by estrogen levels, how can I manage symptom flare-ups related to hormones? 

What kind of professional can diagnose ADHD and what is the process?


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