THE DAILY BEAST
TECH + HEALTH 5/8/14
Can ADHD be acquired and treated in menopause?
Along with hot flashes and mood swings, up to two-thirds of menopausal women report suffering from “brain fog,” a frustrating condition marked by forgetfulness and an inability to concentrate. Vyvanse, similar to Adderall, was reported helpful by University of Pennsylvania researcher Dr. C. Neil Epperson. She presented her findings in women without a prior history of ADHD during the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting. In a statement to reporters, Dr. Epperson relates the ADHD-like symptoms to a dopamine deficiency resulting from decreased estrogen.
According to Dr. Harold Levinson, this menopausal ADHD-like syndrome may be triggered by estrogen deficiency but is not caused by it as since it responds to stimulants like Adderall but not to estrogen. Were it due entirely to estrogen deficiency, Levinson believes its ADHD symptoms would also respond to estrogen as do the hot flashes and mood swings.
By contrast, Levinson has recognized a series of acquired or intensified dyslexic, ADHD and phobic disorders triggered by hormonal (eg. menstruation, postpartum as well as menopausal states, etc.) and other conditions (eg. ear and sinus infections, Mononucleosis, concussion and whiplash states, etc.) destabilizing the inner-ear and cerebellum. Might estrogen deficiency initially impair inner-ear functioning which then may affect dopamine brain levels?
About Harold Levinson, M.D.
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. For more information, call 1(800)334-7323 or visit: http://www.dyslexiaonline.com
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