ADHD in Women
How do seasonal changes effect ADHD symptoms?
It’s been two years since I’ve been in the Northeast for a full four seasons because I just got back from spending some time in Sunny San Diego…and I am experiencing symptoms and feelings that I never had while living there!
Firstly, I know that New York is a pressure cooker of a place to live but I really did forget what it was like to live in such a busy place. My biggest concern is my behavior. I can keep track of everything I need to do no problem, but my hyperactivity is out of control. I cannot sit to save my life and when I am sitting still for more than ten minutes, I feel like I am forcing it. If I force myself to sit for more than a half hour, I start to feel achy and exhausted and suddenly all my energy is zapped and I require a really long nap to recover.
Additionally, I think I might be iron deficient at the moment because my face looks pale and I feel exhausted no matter what I do, which gives me this wierd feeling when I’m trying to accomplish something…the best way I can describe it is like when you go to the gym and you set a weight machine on something way too high thinking that it is something you might be able to lift, but the machine cannot budge no matter how hard you try. That’s what my brain feels like every time I sit down and try to accomplish something. Additionally, I feel like I might be nutrient deficient in something so I’ve been loading up on daily multivitamins but so far to no avail. I do try to give myself breaks- walking, yoga, etc…but it’s not working.
It’s only been this way for the past four days and part of it might be because of my period, but I’m also wondering if the change of seasons might be having an effect on my symptoms because I never felt this way in San Diego and I only vaguely remember occasionally experiencing this feeling before I left, but not to such an extreme as this. Does anyone else find that the winter or the transition into it has an effect on their symptoms? And hormones, as well? If so, what do you do to get through it so that you don’t fall severely behind at work when you have bouts like this. Normally, I can cope or force myself to plow on through no matter how much I might not want to, but right now I feel like there is no fighting THIS severe a feeling and that I may need to just submit and hide under the covers for a few days. Strategies? Suggestions? It’s the end of the graduate semester for me, as well, so I cannot afford to let myself be in this state for too long.
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