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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobiological issue characterized by problems with executive functioning.Areas such as memory motivation, planning, and emotional regulation are impacted by ADHD. One of the most common consequences in women who have ADHD is low self-confidence. These issues with ef depending on how long they have gone unmanaged have undermined your confidence!Low self-confidence can present itself in several ways, including feeling like you are not good enough, feeling like you are not smart enough, or struggling with anxiety or depression. Low self-confidence can make it difficult to succeed in school, at work, or in social situations. It can also lead to substance abuse or other harmful coping mechanisms.

What do we know about the science of increasing self-confidence?

Self-confidence is a general view of how likely you are to accomplish a goal, and it is often based on your experience. Because of executive functioning difficulties, women with ADHD often lack the experience of setting goals and meeting them successfully.

Having self-confidence helps you to take risks, try new things and make improvements in your life.

New definitions to learn

Self-Efficacy- Your belief in your ability to accomplish certain tasks

Self-Confidence- Your general view of how likely you are to accomplish a goal, especially based on your experience.

Why is self-confidence even important for ADHD women?

Self-confidence is more likely to help you feel positive and happy.

People who lack self-confidence are less likely to put less effort into tasks because they don’t believe they can do them and are less likely to try things that they might be successful at doing. They limit their potential. Sound familiar?

The good news is both self-efficacy and self-confidence are based on beliefs not on reality. 

It is not based on your actual ability to succeed at a task but on your belief in your ability to succeed.

As an ADHD woman, it’s important to learn to strengthen your ef skills so you can live the life you want to live. At the same time, it’s important to work on building back the self-confidence that is rightfully yours. 

So what can you do as an ADHD woman to increase your self-confidence? 

1.Self-confidence is a right that belongs to you. Just because you live in a world where you weren’t given equal opportunity and support as those who are neurotypical doesn’t mean you should feel good about yourself.

2.Being authentic, honest, and unmasking when safe. Self-reflection is key to understanding yourself. Oftentimes, we put up walls to protect ourselves from getting hurt. However, these walls can also prevent us from truly connecting with others. If you're feeling safe, start to work on "unmasking" yourself bit by bit. Revealing your authentic self little by little will help you build trust with yourself and save others and form deeper, more meaningful relationships.

3.Surround yourself with people who believe in you, support you, and know your strengths. Surround yourself with people who challenge you. This will have an impact on your belief in yourself. When you believe in yourself, you are more likely to succeed.

4.We all know that exercise is good for our health. But did you know that it can also help improve your confidence? It’s true! Getting active and sweating it out can help to boost your self-esteem and make you feel more powerful.

5.Try new things If you're looking to build confidence, one of the best things you can do is try new things. Stepping outside of your comfort zone can help you grow and learn more about yourself. Plus, it's always exciting to expand your horizons and have new experiences.

6. Remind yourself of what you have done and accomplished daily. This can help boost your confidence and self-esteem. By taking a moment to reflect on what you have achieved, you can give yourself a sense of pride and satisfaction.

7. Focus on the big picture having a growth mindset This will help you to have confidence in your abilities and to persevere through challenging situations.

8. Rituals and things that you rely on for luck ( things like a rabbit's foot or a lucky sweater ) can help you feel more capable and sure of yourself. It may sound silly but the research says it can impact your confidence!


ADHD women often have experiences that undermine their confidence, which is about believing in their capability to reach their goals. This can impact your happiness and limit your potential. There are things you can do to increase your confidence. Hopefully,    you will find some of the recommendations helpful. Good luck.