When Women Battle ADHD and Borderline Personality Disorder

Take-Home Messages for Women

As emotional dysregulation becomes more widely accepted as a core symptom of adult ADHD, its overlap with BPD becomes of greater importance. For women with ADHD, emotional hyper-reactivity is a prime symptom that undermines their sense of control. BPD heightens the chaotic experience of understanding the self and managing relationships. Managing the symptoms of ADHD and BPD gets more difficult as time goes on.

These are ample reasons to consider women with ADHD, BPD, and a history of trauma to be at the greatest risk for negative outcomes. It is critical that they be correctly identified, supported, and treated by clinicians who are experienced with both complex conditions.

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