Ask Sari….about ADHD and estrogen

Estrogen levels effect ADHD and our brains. What are your suggestions to cope when our stimulant meds don’t work when estrogen levels bottom out right before our cycle starts?


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      • frear_michelle
      • November 29, 2018

      I can relate to the frustration of ADD and menopause; I think my memory and concentration have worsened since I have been going through menopause. I have tried talking to my GYN and psychiatrist about worsening symptoms and do not get very far.

      • Cynthia Hunt
      • December 16, 2016

      Funny how I should come across this today! I’m the exact same way. Was diagnosed with depression and anxiety right before ADHD. I came across an info article about women and ADHD on Facebook and it screamed my name so I asked to be tested for ADHD. Sure enough I was right. So I’m on Adderall, still taking Lexapro for anxiety and Wellbutrin for depression. I’m contemplating getting off Wellbutrin and upping the Adderall dosage, but am waiting for referral to behavioral health since I just moved and have to go through the referral process again. I also notice that my anxiety and anger increases around the time of the month for me, too. I’m deaf so I’m unable to hear what was said in the video. Would love if the videos were transcribed or captioned. I’ve felt alone in this until I found this site!!

      • Leena
      • December 15, 2016

      Prior to a recent diagnosis of ADHD – I have been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and then the last three years gave me a diagnosis of Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). I took fluoxetine (generic Prozac) prior to my ADHD diagnosis and it help with body pain, depression, etc. I stopped taking it to try Adderall about 6 months ago and notice that this medication also helps with those body pains and other symptoms. I have noticed an up in my anxiety and anger with my menstrual estrogen surges similar to those prior to my PMDD and fluoxetine diagnosis. I’m wondering if any scientific connections have been made between PMDD and ADHD – or a diagnosis of one prior to the other?

        • Crystal
        • October 27, 2018

        I was diagnosed with ADHD before being diagnosed with PMDD. Same treatment that you describe, but with very hit and miss results.
        It is fascinating to know that someone else is experiencing the same thing as me!

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      Are there any good papers or articles on the menopause and ADHD. I am a 52-year-old woman that was only diagnosed here in the UK with ADHD and have just finished writing a memoir about my experience. I am up for a hysterectomy, and am debating whether to take it or to try and put off the menopausal symptoms until after it has finished with other less invasive procedures. I wonder if the drop in oestrogen levels will affect me, because my happiest times of my life were definitely when pregnant. I felt so joined up during that period of my life.

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      I’m a recently diagnosed 57 year old female who has been debilitated and bedridden for the past 2 years with this illness. Can anyone recommend a doctor in San Diego, Southern Riverside or Southern Orange Counties (California) qualified to treat a menopausal woman AND who takes Tricare Prime insurance?
      Your suggestions are greatly appreciated ~ Cynthia in San Diego

      • Sara
      • August 28, 2016

      This is validating because I have just made the connection between having a week of Garbage Brain and my monthly cycles. It didn’t used to be like this for me, but now I am in my fifties and it can be debilitating. I experience days of uncontrollable weeping and brain fog that interfere with regular activities and make it hard to accomplish anything. At least now I know not to believe everything I think that week, as I often become extremely depressed.

      • Cheryl Hiller
      • May 28, 2016

      What about post menopausal women whose estrogen levels are slim to none?

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        I am a mess! Not enough info on treatment of ADD and Menopause? I am 52 years old. I know I need HRT? I worry because I don’t know anything about the protocol for treating my personal issues.

        • Annalea
        • June 20, 2018

        That’s my question, too!

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