Gender: A Wider Lens
Gender: A Wider Lens
19 - ADHD & Gender Dysphoria

19 - ADHD & Gender Dysphoria


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Hyper-active, inattentive, immature, and impulsivity are just some of the common traits associated with ADHD. These may not have an obvious link to Gender Dysphoria and yet gender variance is found to be 6.64 times more likely among individuals with ADHD. We discuss how ADHD manifests in girls and boys, how society responds to ADHD traits, and how this interaction can lead to gender-related issues.


ADHD and Gender Dysphoria

Girls and ADHD

Travel Programs for Adolescents/Teens/Young Adults:

Elle Palmer: How my Personality Influenced my Identity

Richard Branson: ADHD: The Entrepreneur’s Superpower

Michael Phelps: How swimming saved Michael Phelps: An ADHD Story

Gabor Maté (2000) Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It

Extended Notes

  • A lot of diagnoses are flying around and it’s easy to go, “yeah, yeah.”

  • What is ADHD? How do you define it?

  • It’s hard to force yourself to focus when you’re really uninterested in something.

  • ADHD is actually a good thing and it was used for our survival.

  • When society/school tells these children they’re slow or that they’re not performing well, it can really perpetuate a lot of negative self-talk and make the problem worse.

  • Stella can see how a lot of children with ADHD have been impacted with how poor or low self-esteem.

  • Has ADHD always existed or is this just the byproduct of our environment?

  • Since ADHD kids have a hard time tracking the details, they might be seen as silly or slow.

  • Do ADHD kids seem shyer because of how many times people tell them to “stop” doing things or being who they are? Stella and Sasha wonder what kind of personality they’d truly have if they were just “free to be.”

  • ADHD kids try their best to structure themselves and they can also end up being really obsessed with goals.

  • Once these kids have their minds set on something, they become hyper-focused on achieving it. Even if it means it’s not 100% what they want.

  • Social media is made for an ADHD person.

  • How do ADHD traits show up in boys and girls, especially those with gender dysphoria?

  • A lot of successful people have ADHD. it’s a great trait to have in the “real world.”

  • Sasha relates to the ADHD symptoms. She loves to try something new.

  • The old, the boring, and the routine are actually important for people, but ADHD people can’t seem to get behind it.

  • A slow life is not the only way to get ahead. There is a world out there for ADHD people to thrive in.

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Gender: A Wider Lens
Gender: A Wider Lens
Therapists Stella O’Malley and Sasha Ayad explore diverse perspectives through a psychological lens, fostering open dialogue on gender identity, transition, and the transgender umbrella. Their work with gender dysphoric clients and unique experiences yield an informed outlook delving into gender's psychological nuances. Interviews with clinicians, academics, transgender individuals, parents, detransitioners, and others touched by gender provide varied insights and intimate inquiry into the taboo yet relevant topic.