Women with ADHD are susceptible to extreme mood swings in the week prior to menstruation, some call it ‘Danger Week’: you better keep some distance then, for your own safety… and this returns every month. Relationships, family life and work are all affected, but it is the women themselves who suffer most, they feel unable to control their lives. Girls and women with ADHD have been neglected and understudied in research because of their changing hormones every month. This Mood Cycles study is the first to focus exactly on this issue: the effects of hormonal changes on mood in women with ADHD. The aim is to provide women with ADHD of all ages with better information about how hormones and ADHD symptoms interact, and what to do about it. You can help.
Why do we need to crowdfund MoodCycles?
ADHDFund asked what women with ADHD wanted to know. The greatest need was understanding the interplay between hormones and their ADHD! The Mood Cycles study has been developed to give answers to these questions. Grant applications often have due to budget reductions less than 10% chance of funding, and so far this has not succeeded. Meanwhile around 5% of all women, that is about 5 of every 100 is affected, that is not a small, but critical problem! If we don’t want the priorities of women with ADHD being overlooked, we have to take control, by working together to fund the research ourselves!
So if we really want our questions answered, we have to work together to get the research funded ourselves. Together, we can do this!
What is a MoodCycle anyway?
Current understanding of ADHD indicates a relationship to relatively low dopamine levels in the brain. During the menstrual cycle, levels of estradiol (estrogen) and progesterone hormones fluctuate greatly. Other studies indicate a relationship between estradiol and dopamine.
This seems logical, we know that the level of estradiol decreases sharply during the second half of the menstrual cycle and this may in part explain why many women with ADHD think of this period as ‘Danger Week‘! But we don’t know why women with ADHD have more often en much more severe mood swings compared to controls. Has it something to do with the interplay between low dopamine in ADHD and the decrease of estrogen during the cycle? We don’t know. To test this hypothesis we need to conduct this study. If confirmed, we will be able to better understand and treat the mood swings of ADHD women, if not, we have the information to take a next step.
Either way, this will be the most detailed study ever conducted of how female hormones interact with ADHD to affect mental health. This is groundbreaking stuff, and you can be a part of it! Get involved!
What can I do?
- Donate to the MoodCycles study now, and spread the word among your ADHD friends through social media! Only together we will achieve the funding goal!
- Participate, by filling in the questionnaire on Mood Changes in ADHD through the lifespan: in the premenstrual, postnatal and periomenopausal periods.
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