TADD 2018 – New Research on ADHD Women 40+

We’ve got an excellent “TADD” Talk for you today! As part of ADHD Awareness Month and our special activities, ADDA has created TADD Talks, where we’ll be Talking about ADD every day the entire month of October!

In today’s TADD talk, Linda Roggli discusses “New Research on ADHD Women 40+

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And if you enjoyed today’s TADD Talk, you’ll want to learn more about what Linda has to offer.

Linda Roggli, PCC, is an award-winning author and founder of the ADDiva Network which supports ADHD women who are 40-and-better. She is also the co-founder of the acclaimed ADHD Women’s Palooza, an online week devoted to women with ADHD. Her book, Confessions of an ADDiva-midlife in the non-linear lane (2011) won first prize in the Next Generation Indy Book awards. She is a contributing author to The Distracted Couple: The Impact of ADHD on Relationships (2013). Linda is a Professional Certified Coach and retreat facilitator for women and ADHD couples. She chairs the Webinar Committee for ADDA and served on its board of directors. She is a sought-after speaker at conferences. She is the ADHD expert on selfhelp.com and blogs for ADDitude magazine and sixtyandme.com. She and her husband live in North Carolina with two adorable Shelties who almost certainly have ADHD.

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      • bennettm327
      • September 19, 2019
      Reply

      Linda I certainly appreciate your research from this amazing survey. As a post menopausal woman I have found that there is little to no information for women after peri-menopause, I am sure you have also found that all the resources for women with ADHD stop at that chapter! The fact that estrogen binds dopamine to neurotransmitters should ring alarms for researchers to study how the reduction of estrogen effects our executive functions, and how it affects the efficacy of medication. Where are those studies being done?? I’d like to join!

      I was not diagnosed until 61, 10 very long years after menopause when my Dr did not recommend HRT (now recommended) but instead prescribed antidepressants and antianxiety meds. I went from being a successful and innovative architect (who hyper focused) to one who lost all motivation and accountability from brain fog and in that time became unemployed for 5 of those 10 years. Long story shortened, I was informally diagnosed in 2012 in therapy – which took a huge weight off my shoulders! – but not formally diagnosed until a year later, right before I transferred from Boston to the DC area. I had to start from scratch in finding drs who specialized in ADHD but I was not properly medicated until early 2016. By that time I had lost the job with that company, was out of work for 10 months, and hired and employed for only another 18 months, even though I was on a significant dose of Adderall. I finally decided in March 2018 that I could no longer operate in an office environment, nor afford to look for work again as I had lost all my savings and half of my retirement just trying to survive since 2009 when I first became unemployed.
      Unfortunately on Medicare there are few doctors who specialize in ADHD. My insurance is now through Kaiser Permanente and their Behavioral Health psychiatrists are not allowed to prescribe any stimulants over 30 mg, regardless of your existing prescription, so i have been reduced from 60 mg to 25 mg Adderall (Vyvanse never worked) and am struggling to cope in a part time job just to survive.
      I, and thousands like me who are post menopausal, would appreciate your advocacy in finding the research that identifies what kind of medications our brains need and what kinds of different approaches we need to learn coping skills. Thank you.

      • Beth Battinelli
      • October 16, 2018
      Reply

      Really great talk, Linda!

      • Brenda S
      • October 5, 2018
      Reply

      My 10 yr old daughter was really upset when we told her that we were going to talk to the school counselor to get her help for her ADHD. I explained that it was a really good thing and it would help her, but she still didn’t want us to do it no matter the benefit to her. I thought that maybe she just didn’t understand. THEN, I went from a top performer to a bottom in a new role I took on at work. I was in position for a year before I finally told my boss. She handed me ADA papers to have my doctor fill out for any accommodation I might need. I instantly felt as my daughter did. I try to tell myself that it will be a good thing, but I still feel like a failure. I try to fight those feelings daily. I will be 40 in a few weeks and was diagnosed at nearly 39. Another interesting fact, I was not having success finding he right medication so I took a genomic test, genesight, I think, and there were 0 medications that are compatible. We also did a similar test for anti depressants and none of the medications that also help with ADHD symptoms were compatible. I am thankful that there are others out there and that I am not alone. Thank you!!

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