Midlife ADHD in women: any relevance to menopause?

A. Pines*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Recently, there has been a growing interest in better understanding of the adult-type attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). It is now accepted that many children with ADHD continue to have symptoms later in life, although the characteristics of the disease may change substantially in adults. Data are emerging on ADHD in midlife and old age and some studies analyze gender differences and co-morbidities during the lifespan of ADHD patients. This short communication discusses the possible resemblance of certain menopausal symptoms and those of adult ADHD and the potential contribution of the female hormonal environment. Further, there might be a promising role for psychostimulants, the mainstay of ADHD management, as treatment of impairment of some executive function domains in menopausal women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-425
Number of pages3
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2 Sep 2016


  • ADHD
  • Attention deficit hyperactive disorder
  • menopause


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