It’s not how much you accomplish in life
that really counts, but how much you give to others
It’s not how high you build your dreams
that makes a difference, but how high your faith can climb
It’s not how many goals you reach,
but how many lives you touch
It’s not who you know that matters,
but who you are inside
Believe in the impossible,
hold tight to the incredible,
and live each day to its fullest potential. Rebecca Barlow Jordan

Welcome to NCGW’s Mentoring Program. In 1996, at the Chicago CHADD Conference, Sari Solden, Patricia Quinn, and Kathleen Nadeau gathered a small group of women together to talk openly about what it is like to be a woman with AD/HD. For many of us, it was the first time we were able to speak freely about the obstacles and challenges we faced every day as women with AD/HD. …

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PMDD in Women with ADHD: Is It Real or Just Alphabet Soup?

For some time, women with AD/HD have been reported to have an increase in coexisting anxiety and mood disorders. Clinically, many of these women report severe mood disturbance during the latter half of their menstrual cycle suggestive of PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder). If this is indeed the case, the questions then become – Is PMDD real and what can be done about it?

Over the last decade, there has been considerable controversy about disorders of mood surrounding a woman’s menstrual cycle. It has taken years for the medical community to recognize that women suffer physical symptoms and mood disturbances around their period and that they aren’t “crazy.” Bloating, irritability, mood swings, and mild depression commonly make up symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Many women experience these bothersome PMS symptoms on a monthly basis, while another 3-9% of women suffer from a much more serious condition, PMDD or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. …

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