Menopause, Hormones & ADHD: What We Know, What Research is Needed
Menopause and ADHD – both associated with impaired cognitive functioning and emotional dysregulation – share a unique and complicated relationship. Anecdotal evidence tells us this in spades, but scientific research is paltry at best. Here, learn what we do know about estrogen, hormonal fluctuations, and menopause in neurotypical women — and how that may help inform clinical approaches for women with ADHD.
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ADDitude, I commend you on keeping the topic of women with ADHD at the forefront. But PLEASE, our lives do not end at Menopause, and once again your author and their sources fail to mention Post Menopause – a period that can last 35 to 45 years. Where is your consideration of today’s population of girls and women as a WHOLE instead of, until recently, only up to Peri Menopause?
Due to advances in treatment in the past 20 years, ADHD has largely been studied for children since it did not exist in the DM for those of us growing up before 1980. Therefore there are huge numbers of adults diagnosed in the past 10 years, of every age, and those of us diagnosed after Menopause, would greatly appreciate being acknowledged.
Yes, we all know that the medical community has no economic incentive to study women over 50 for anything. But surely your magazine, as the primarily current literature on ADHD, could do a bit of pro-active research with neurologists, gynecologists, psychiatrists, and even the wellness community, to be able to offer even a tiny bit of insight as to life with ADHD AFTER menopause?