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Hyperactivity in Women: 9 Stories of Overlooked ADHD Energy

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A rush of energy, frenetic action, and then a crash — the hyperactive ADHD cycle. Though more commonly associated with the inattentive subtype, women do experience ADHD hyperactivity — as well as related stereotypes and sexism.

Here, ADDitude readers tell us their stories as women with ADHD hyperactivity, from rush to crash.“Growing up, being undiagnosed in the ‘70s meant I learned to fidget in place.

Getting up and moving wasn’t allowed. Disrupting a meeting wasn’t allowed. People say I’m not hyperactive, but if they watch me for five minutes they’ll see my feet wiggling or bouncing, my hands fiddling with something, and me changing positions constantly. I cannot be still.

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