Research – Expert Video – Impact of Hormones on the Lives of Girls & Women with ADHD

Prof. J.J. Sandra Kooij (from PsyQ) talks with ADHD Girls about ‘Impact of Hormones on the Lives of Girls & Women with ADHD

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The impact of hormonal changes on the severity of ADHD traits occurs not just in a woman’s monthly periods but also the transition during puberty, pregnancy, breastfeeding, perimenopause and menopause.

In this interview, ADHD Girls speaks to Prof Dr J.J. Sandra Kooij on the following:

1) How do female hormones impact a woman with ADHD compared to those without ADHD? Prof Kooij explained her research which gives rise to the role of estrogen in regulating neurotransmitters in the brain.

2) How the impact of hormones on a girl and women with ADHD result in heightened issues with emotional dysregulation and why so many women are diagnosed later in life especially when estrogen starts to dip during perimenopause and menopause.

3) How can we help girls going through big hormonal changes during puberty?

4) Do ADHD medications work in women with ADHD when hormonal changes occur in these times (a) week 3/4 of the cycle) (b) puberty (c) pregnancy and after birth (d) perimenopause?

5) What are the consequences on a woman’s work life when their levels of estrogen drop and how do we mitigate this? Please click to find out more about the study referenced in this interview:

Prof Kooij also discusses some of her latest projects in development, including one that she’s still seeking funding for. Watch this space as we help her distribute a large survey among women with ADHD about their physical and mental health, a study conducted together with ADHD Europe.

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