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ADHD in Women
PCOS and ADHD
Hi all. This is my first post, so I feel like I ought to give a super quick obligatory background before posing my question:
1. I have an nine-year-old son with severe ADHD and ODD.
2. Upon worsening of ODD I realized that my parenting has been disruptive as fudge because I, too, have ADHD for which I am soon being evaluated.
3. Cue 10,000 light bulbs turning on
So, I’m here. After obsessively researching all weekend and learning more about ADHD, I’m wondering if anyone can point me in the direction of more information regarding how it interacts with PCOS, even anecdotally. My understanding is that both affect the endocrine system, and both affect glucose metabolization. Further, if stimulant medications improve ADHD through increasing dopamine and norepinephrine, and by possibly normalizing androgen through their affect on the hypothalamus pituitary adrenal (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21442976), could these same medications produce a therapeutic effect for women who also have PCOS? And if, as I mentioned, both PCOS and ADHD affect one’s endocrine system and glucose, could it be that each disorder feeds into the other, thereby potentially worsening both?
Might it not it behoove psychs to request blood tests to check a woman’s hormone levels (testosterone, androgen, thyroid hormones) to better treat her? I wish there were more studies being done on women’s issues and ADHD.