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PMS and ADHD, an unholy combination

Does anyone find that PMS worsens their ADHD symptoms and the medication isn’t as effective, if you take meds??? I find that PMS really throws me for a loop. How about you????

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i"m finding it is rather aggravating, and i need LOTS of carbs and chocolate

Posted by Lilapsophile on Dec 16, 2013 at 10:03pm

Lots and lots of chocolate.

Posted by ladelle10 on Dec 17, 2013 at 12:58am

Yup yup. My mind is a clusterf#@! around that time of the month. Normally its like an amusement park, flurry of activity & voices. THAT time of the month comes & its like you threw the county fair & the traveling circus in there as well. Meds don’t seem as effective. I get more mentally foggy & and more emotionally volatile. I try to up the omega 3s and vitamin supplementation. I get cravings for sweets but if I eat too many I feel worse. So I try to stick to better diet, make sure I get plenty of sleep (that gets worse too, so as much as I can) and exercise helps too. If you’re on hormonal BC consider options that might be better (for me I don’t do well on 7 sugar pills with no hormones, so I change to BC with little or no delay between active pills) Be kind to yourself. Recognize that pms is difficult for many, plus you’ve got the added ‘benefit’ of adhd.

Posted by KarmaCutie on Dec 17, 2013 at 6:28am

I’m too afraid of having problems with the BC.. I don’t know how close that is to corticosteroids that i’ve had to take for my asthma. those corticosteroids make it even worse, like PMS, magnified…........chocolate and carbs seem to keep the moodiness at bay, though

Posted by Lilapsophile on Dec 18, 2013 at 1:15am

Ha…yes!!! Seriously being in my late 40’s I spend about 2 weeks trying to break free of the fog.  I can’t complete a sentence without resorting to words like thingy or pointing to the thing I know the name for but can’t pry it from the tip of my chocolate craving tongue.  The grand finale consists of beyond extreme sensitivity and crocodile tears - out of nowhere without reason.  Worst part is every month its the same thing…spaz days dont make sense and logic is nonexistent….I have no idea what’s going on and 2+2=don’t look, touch or talk to me until its over.  Just once I would like to come up with 4 and recognize it for what it is.  Visions of me in a straight jacket is one I could live without.

Posted by SES on Dec 19, 2013 at 6:10am

Yes!! I’ve read a out this phenomenon. I finally begged my gyn to prescribe me prozac, under another name for pmd. I took two pills and the second night shot out of bed with numb arms in a full blown anxiety attack. WOW, it has reignited panic attacks in me I haven’t had in almost 15 years. I was afraid to fall asleep for a while, wth?? This was September, it is almost Christmas and I feel like I’m over it now. The problem is that I’m right where I started, mean , angry, ugly for about 10 days a month..Btw I’m not on adhd meds, not sure if this would make a difference.

Posted by Starla571 on Dec 19, 2013 at 8:42am

FYI, I felt calm and serene on the prozac during the day, maybe too high of a dose??

Posted by Starla571 on Dec 19, 2013 at 8:43am

I agree w the above. Have been on Zoloft to decrease anxiety and find increasing it nine days prior to period has been necessary just to decrease thinking to normal scattered level. Love hearing re fog some have. “Thingy” is a regular word in my vocabulary. Started Ritalin extended after Adderal was too much kick in mornings but doesn’t help with scattered brain or certainly anxiety.
Loved Prozac for fifteen years. Hope it works for you. Seemed to help anxiety, ADD and depression much for me.

Posted by DJCR on Dec 21, 2013 at 3:38am

Lady’s, just wait for the hormone influx of menopause! Talk about brain fog and memory problems!

Posted by Deb W on Dec 23, 2013 at 9:09pm

For so long I’ve felt so alone in my struggles…2 weeks out of the month I’m a mess and then the other two weeks I’m in overdrive. in the wake of my foggy/b&tch; phase I leave behind a hurricane.  I have just started to consider that I may have ADHD…thanks for sharing ladies.  I dont feel alone anymore

Posted by gibson.michelle.n on Dec 27, 2013 at 4:34pm

Me too I am extra emotional & more impatient. I can’t stand it! I am 37 and over it!

Posted by 4focus on Dec 30, 2013 at 7:14pm

I find that I could go without sleep for two or 3days. I already had one all-nighter Tuesday into Wednesday, today is my second all nightwear. My brain just won’t shut up…... Lol it’s also how I know that time of the month is getting closer

Posted by Lilapsophile on Jan 31, 2014 at 8:29pm

I find being on the ADHD meds helps

Posted by Lilapsophile on Jan 31, 2014 at 8:30pm

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