Neurodivergent women often slip through the cracks of diagnosis because they can appear smart or gifted. This is because we’re more likely to be perfectionists or suffer from low self-esteem, so we work extra hard to prove ourselves (see also: my burnout). Combined with hyperfocus – the flipside of the attention coin where one zones in on a single interest for hours – this results in flashes of brilliance.The lost girls: ‘Chaotic and curious, women with ADHD all have missed red flags that haunt us’ by Noelle Faulkner
We’re also experts at masking symptoms. We form habits by mirroring the social behaviours of those around us.