There is a reason that women refer to menopause as “the change”. It’s because so much in their lives does change when menopause begins.
ADHD is no exception. In fact, some women who were completely unaware of ADHD symptoms earlier in life may begin to experience them much more strongly as a result of hormonal changes brought about by menopause.
Menopause can also aggravate depression, anxiety, and fuzzy thinking – all things that may come as part of a woman’s ADHD symptoms at any stage of her life.
Treating your menopausal symptoms may also alleviate your ADHD symptoms, since many are shared. Hormone replacement therapy may be an option to consider; check with your doctor about risk factors versus benefits. Note: bio identical hormones made from plants rather than animal products, may present far less risks and still help with your symptoms.
If you’ve never treated your ADHD with medication before, you may want to consider it as an option. Be aware, however, that it might not be wise if your symptoms include anxiety.
In most cases, women have found it necessary to consult with a variety of professionals in order to come up with the best plan for them. Don’t be hesitant to bring your medical team together in order to get what you need.