010: ADHD is Different for Girls, with Linda Roggli, PCC

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ADHD can look very different in girls and women than it does in boys and men. That different appearance of symptoms, coupled with gender stereotypes, means girls with ADHD often fall through the cracks and struggle without a diagnosis for much longer.

In this episode, I talk with ADHD Coach and adult with ADHD, Linda Roggli, PCC about the symptoms to watch for in girls, the role estrogen plays in ADHD symptom severity, and the ways that ADHD is just plain different for girls.


Some of the resources may be affiliate links, meaning I receive a commission (at no cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase.

Survival Tips for ADHD Women by Terry Matlen

The Queen of Distraction by Terry Matlen

Understanding Girls with ADHD by Kathleen Nadeau, Ellen Littman, Dr. Patricia Quinn

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My Guest


Linda Roggli is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), award-winning author and founder of the A-D-Diva (A-dee-DEE-va) Network for ADHD women 40-and-better. She is a nationally-recognized expert in midlife and senior ADHD. In 2016, she co-founded the Annual ADHD Women’s Palooza, a week of online conversation with 36 of the world’s top ADHD women’s experts; more than 5,000 women attended.

Linda is the ADHD expert on Selfgrowth.com, a guest blogger for sixtyandme.com and a regular contributor to and blogger for ADDitude Magazine. She lives in Durham, NC with her slightly OCD husband and two adorable ADHD Shelties.


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  • Linda Roggli has been a saviour in the last year (since my diagnosis at 47) I have learnt so much about (my) ADHD. Thank you for this podcast on girls and ADHD – I can finally give my husband something he can listen and understand (hopefully) what we are experiencing. It’s so hard to explain it all and reading about it is not helping him. Thank you for allowing this amazing speaker the space to give out her wealth of knowledge. I found the link via her Twitter and now I have discovered your resources -thank you.

  • Thank you so much for putting this topic out because this really helped me understand my daughter who has just been diagnosed with ADHD and possibly Asperger’s. So many of my experiences the last couple years somehow now seems all clear. Hopefully there will be more about this (I’m still working my way up through the podcasts archive). Thank you so much for this.

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