Ask Sari…..about late in life ADHD diagnosis

I’m an adult female, recently diagnosed with ADHD – Predominantly Inattentive Type at the age of 55. Have you run across a lot of scenarios where women weren’t diagnosed until later in life because they (and their doctors) attributed their ups and downs throughout their life to hormones? In my case, I was put on an anti-depressant to help with anxiety and balanced my hormones with bioidentical hormone creams. The combination helped tremendously, but as I’ve discovered through ADDA and it’s resources, as well as articles on ADDitude and TotallyADD, hormones played just a small part in my life compared to how my ADD brain has influenced every thought, action, and emotion. What are your thoughts?

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    How would you suggest we explain ourselves better to the therapist/psychologist when they are focusing too much on the anxiety and not enough on the ADD. Personally, I don’t even think I have anxiety until I get so frustrated with myself over actions which seem to be linked to ADD. Therapist says she agrees that its ADD however, I was offered antidepressants to see it they’ll help first. I feel like I’m wasting time and just want help and I feel like I am not being heard.

    • Chaia Ross-Booker
    • February 24, 2016
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    I’ve heard that loss of estrogen affects women after menopause because estrogen works like dopamine and norepinephrine, two chemicals people with ADD are already short on. This was a surprising and revealing fact that I don’t hear from many sources. But it does explain why my ADD wasn’t diagnosed until (10 years) after menopause. Does this mean, though, that men are not similarly affected since they don’t have huge quantities of estrogen to lose? And is there a simple yet effective way women can replace this lost estroge?

      • adda-ADMIN
      • February 25, 2016
      Reply

      Great question! We’ll be asking Sari to answer your question in an upcoming video! Stay tuned.

      And keep those questions coming. 🙂

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