What is Perimenopause?
Perimenopause begins as early as 35 and ends after your last period, usually around 52. It is the transitional period before menopause characterized by hormonal fluctuations.
Adhd women often see wild fluctuations in emotion, attention, and physical symptoms during this time.
What are the Emotional impacts of Perimenopause for ADHD Women?
Perimenopause can cause significant emotional distress due to hormonal changes. One women Adhd women are at particular risk is because of emotional regulation issues.
These mood swings can be very hard to manage.
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Estrogen and progesterone fluctuations can cause a variety of symptoms, including hot flashes, memory problems, bloating, and loss of sex drive.
For Adhd women in particular , estrogen is related to dopamine, which is connected with your motivation, focus and attention.
These changes worsen executive funcitoning challenges, soemthing you already likely struggle with.
These factors, in part may explain why so many women are diagnosed later with Adhd. There is also evidence of a later onset of adhd, and older women make up this subset in large part.
What societal factors contribute to anxiety and depression during Perimenopause?
The societal pressure on women, increased responsibilities, and lack of understanding or support often execacerbate what adhd women got through during these years.
You may not understand what is happening, and many healthcare providers won’t either. This can cause frustration and a sense of isolation, exacerbating issues you alredy face as a neurodivergent women. .
There is a lack of knowledge around women’s issues, and there is secrecy in society around discussing aging and menopause. Women feel ashamed and embarssed.
What are some physical symptoms of Perimenopause?
Symptoms include hair loss, bloating, hot flashes, heavy bleeding, mood swings, etc. I’ve heard it referred to as reverse puberty, which I found helpful and accurate.
Marino, J. M. (2022). Depressive symptoms in perimenopause. Women’s Healthcare, October 2022. Link to Full Text
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