#middle aged women
#adhd in girls and women
ADD and ADHD are the same disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder was officially renamed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in 1994. Many people use ADD to refer to Type One presented here, and ADHD to refer to Type Two, but they are the same core disorder.
In many cases where ADHD carries into adulthood, it’s a genetic issue [My grandfather, mother, siblings, and I have all been diagnosed with ADHD], though this does not always occur.
There are a lot of talks about how ADHD is over-diagnosed, and that may be true for boys, but for girls ADHD is severely under-diagnosed.
Older studies mostly looked at hyperactive boys and that’s the perception we have of ADHD. Because of this many girls will go undiagnosed until adulthood.
Most girls/women who have ADHD are inattentive type. they tend to be introverted, disorganized and daydreamers.
Girls will internalize these as personal failings and teenage girls have a much higher rate of suicide and self harm because of it.
ADHD is often comorbid with anxiety and depression, both of which are caused by the failings from having ADHD.
Depression can present itself differently in people with ADHD. it’s more of a discouragement from constantly failing, but it can be just as debilitating.
Further Reading: It’s Different For Girls With ADHD
Source: An Inside Look At ADHD
I have come to the conclusion that I have, and have had, my entire life, ADHD. I came to this realization, as do too many women, in midlife, through the back door. I feel as if a great burden has been lifted. That’s why! I’m not a failure or an underachiever, I don’t have some moral failing. Now it all makes sense - the anxiety, the problems with disorganization, the daydreaming. Except, now what?
"Rowling wrote Hermione to eschew stereotypes. She doesn’t end up with the hero; she is never there to function as Harry’s love interest. She prefers Arithmancy to Divination in school. Hermione is also a total badass, despite her prim and proper reputation. (…) So often, female characters are allowed to be aggressive or rebellious, but in exchange are stripped of any traditionally feminine qualities and instead are forced to pick up traditionally masculine traits. However, Hermione is never made to do that. Most notably, she is written to be highly logical AND emotionally expressive, a combination not commonly afforded to most of today’s leading ladies."
"[TW: rape] I have gotten one question repeatedly from young men. These are guys who liked the book, but they are honestly confused. They ask me why Melinda was so upset about being raped.
The first dozen times I heard this, I was horrified. But I heard it over and over again. I realized that many young men are not being taught the impact that sexual assault has on a woman. They are inundated by sexual imagery in the media, and often come to the (incorrect) conclusion that having sex is not a big deal. This, no doubt, is why the number of sexual assaults is so high."
Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak, on the question “Have any readers ever asked questions that shocked you?”
Read that again. Read it again, and again, and again. Over and over guys have asked her why Melinda was so upset about being raped. This is a girl who went to a party with friends. She was thirteen. She had a drink, because everyone else was. And a senior held her down and raped her while she was too drunk to get away.
And guys don’t understand why she was upset.
Read that again and then come back and tell me again why I should just shut up and take a joke when a comedian blows off rape as a big deal, or women’s bodies are casually treated as commodities in media. Remind me why I shouldn’t care about the very real harm that society’s treatment of women and sexual assault does.
Read this. Get this. Understand this. Then talk about it. We need to talk about sexual assault. We need to talk about rape.
We need to speak with courage. We need to be feminists again. Now.
'Ender's Game' Stars Respond To Author's Controversial Anti-Gay Comments →
#orson scott card
SAN DIEGO — Real-world issues are rare at Comic-Con where fantasy almost always trumps reality. But for the stars and the director of “Ender’s Game,” comments made by Orson Scott Card regarding gay marriage are leading to questions about the issue as they promote the science fiction film.
"(Orson Scott) Card turned down an interview request by The Associated Press. He told Entertainment Weekly that the issue is now "moot" given the Supreme Court’s recent ruling and, "Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute."" from the Huffington Post
To which I reply, Bigots don’t get to request equal treatment. There will be no tolerance for his bigotry or anyone else’s.
(Bold print is mine.) Card is the author of “Ender’s Game”. This is his response to outrage over his hateful anti-gay comments. Bigots don’t get to claim equal treatment from those to whom they were hateful. It isn’t about a disagreement. It’s about his bigotry. NO - there will be no tolerance of his bigotry. What an outrageous and stupid thing to say.
"In the age of information, ignorance is a choice." - Donnie Miller
There is overwhelming evidence for the theory of evolution, Those who wish to find this evidence need only an open mind and the desire to learn, as the evidence is not at all kept in hiding. Below are a few credible sources for those who are curious about what evolution is and the supporting evidence for the theory. Please add to this list as you see fit.
This. Yes. Science is cool. We need to stop treating it as a second class subject in schools.
"If you say that a woman wearing revealing clothes deserves to be sexually assaulted, you are saying that a woman’s body is inherently deserving of rape. That women are inherently deserving of rape. That women have to make sure their body is hidden in order not to deserve to be raped. That is misogyny in its purest form."