Under the radar; The forgotten narrative of young women with adhd
This thesis explores the voices of an often forgotten narrative of young women with adhd. Through this, I aim to create awareness, spread knowledge and give voices to these women. Previous studies have largely been based on boys with adhd, which has shaped the general perception of the diagnosis. This has also contributed to an isolated generation of women through mis-diagnosis and under-diagnosis. By investigating their own personal experience and narrative of living and navigating in a society filled with preconceived ideas and restraints. The emotion, diversity and depth in their words about life, tells a story of resilience and strength. Investigating their story through the lens of gender theory, shows the trials and tribulations of being a young woman with adhd. Findings of this study have showcased consequences of isolation and exclusion, as well as mental health issues. But, my thesis also shows a silver lining in getting a diagnosis and also highlights the importance of social belonging. Through a feminist lens, weaving in framework and encapsulating ideas of gender theory, stigma, social belonging and social capital, I choose to analyse this issue. Through indepth interviews, participant observations and research, this thesis illuminates a generation of misunderstood neuro-divergent women, and the positive effects of understanding, acceptance and belonging. Through empirical study and anthropological framework I choose to put forward their experience of adhd in their own words.