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Were you a good student through high school but then totally lost it in college?
For a spacey or unorganized child, Mom and Dad will often make sure she's doing her homework and studying for exams. Teachers tend to know their students' weak spots and may offer reminders and extra encouragement. Thanks to everyone's hard work, the student gets decent grades and scores acceptance to the college of her choice. "[But] we see a lot of women who got support from their families as children, but then really struggled when they were on their own," Nadeau says.
Why it might be ADHD: Women tend to get diagnosed much later than men, but when they look back, the signs were always there—even if they weren't a problem until later in life. "ADHD doesn't suddenly come on out of nowhere," Nadeau adds.