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The Transformative Power of an ADHD Diagnosis for Older Women

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Regret is a common (and understandable) reaction to a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later in life.

Some newly diagnosed lament how undiagnosed ADHD interfered with their lives and threw them off course. They feel angry, bitter, and sorrowful over the preceding years of self-blame and shame.But many, many others experience relief as the primary response to an ADHD diagnosis — and the answers it brings.

For them, a late diagnosis invigorates their resolve, and fundamentally alters their path and outlook for the better.These are the experiences of about 75 women I interviewed*, all aged 60 or older, who were diagnosed with ADHD later in life.

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