Raising the voices of AuDHD women and girls: exploring the co-occurring conditions of autism and ADHD

Craddock, Emma (2024) Raising the voices of AuDHD women and girls: exploring the co-occurring conditions of autism and ADHD. Disability & Society. pp. 1-5. ISSN 0968-7599

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This is a Current Issue because neurodivergent women and girls have been left behind, missed by the medical profession for decades. ADHD and autism have historically been considered to be male conditions, with diagnosis being 4 times more likely for males than females. The tides are changing with more women becoming aware of, diagnosed with, and seeking a diagnosis of conditions such as ADHD and autism. The media response to this surge in diagnoses has often been disparaging, although attempts to widen awareness exist (including recent BBC documentary Unmasking My Autism). However, women face long waiting lists, a lack of pre- and post-diagnosis support, sex biases in diagnostic criteria, and are left to deal with the trauma of a lifetime of misdiagnoses, poor mental health, and internalisation of negative messages about their character, alone. This piece explores two issues; the gendered omission of women and girls from autism and ADHD diagnoses and the theoretical and practical implications of the co-occurring conditions. When I refer to gender, I am referring to the social structure of gender which produces shared meanings about gendered behaviours, norms, roles, relations and institutions.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2023.2299342
20 December 2023Accepted
8 January 2024Published Online
Subjects: CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-04 - nursing and midwifery > CAH02-04-01 - nursing (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2024 14:15
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2024 14:15
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15322

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