I’ve depended on “science news” and popular press as until a few years ago, scientific papers weren’t easily available.
I’m undiagnosed due to lack of proper healthcare access. (no $$$ to go through all that).
I’m just trying to help those who like me did not have access to professional diagnosis but I was flippant in my presentation.
In another group I’m in, I made the same post and it had the effect I anticipated : messaging about Inattentive type ADHD doesn’t always reach men because of the higher statistical prevalence of hyperactive ADHD in men.
But I am very very happy that you received the help you needed in the proper way. Healthcare is often inconsistent and so I’m glad to hear of successes.
I mean it’s important to know statistically that boys tend to have hyperactive ADHD, girls tend to have inattentive ADHD – but the presenting of the information in media sets it up as a binary split that falls mostly cleanly across gender lines rather than being tendencies.
I’d probably have been more certain about it long long long ago had I known where to look.
Clinically, I know things have improved. But I only had access to popular press, library books and later on, Google searches. No access to scientific papers until maybe 10 years ago or so
My mom’s got the “boys ADHD”. I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder in the 80s. I had a creeping suspicion I was autistic for all that time but “not quite autistic”. — I saw stuff on ADD and knew that’s probably where I fit, but it wasn’t until I learned of the term HYPERFOCUS about 5 years ago that I realized “yes, it’s this and less likely high functioning autism”