Estrogen, Mood, Sleep and ADHD

Presentation Date:  Friday, February 16th    |     Presentation Time: 1:00 pm EST

“DANGER Week” – that’s what Dr. Sandra Kooij calls the week before ADHD women start their monthly period – and with good reason. We are often more irritable, depressed, even suicidal and homicidal in those days of waning estrogen. During this powerful session, we bring you startling new (and evolving) information about the role of estrogen in women’s ADHD symptoms month-to-month and over the lifespan.

Dr. Kooij is a top researcher from the Netherlands who is launching original research into mood cycles for ADHD women relative to their menstrual cycles. Her preliminary findings show a higher prevalence of hormonally-associate depression (PMDD) among ADHD women than in the general population. How to treat these frustrating swings, what to do during menopause and exciting new research into women with ADHD is on tap.

As an extra bonus, we will discuss cutting edge research on sleep and ADHD with some remarkable and unsettling news that chronic sleep loss can lead to health problems such as cancer! Dr. Kooij reminds us that our continued late bedtimes and lack of sleep is a persistent and perhaps base issue for the ADHD brain and its off balance circadian rhythm.

Required viewing for every ADHD woman in the world – don’t miss it.!

About Sandra Kooij, M.D., Ph.D., PsyQ

Sandra Kooij is an associate professor of psychiatry at Free University in Amsterdam, who started in 1995 with research, and the development of diagnostic assessment and treatment of adult ADHD in the Netherlands. In 2006, she received her PhD on a thesis entitled ‘ADHD in adults. Clinical studies on Assessment and Treatment.’

She developed the Diagnostic Interview for ADHD in adults (DIVA 2.0) that is online available in 20 languages, and can be downloaded for free. There is also a DIVA 2.0 app.

She is initiator and chair of the European Network Adult ADHD that unites 66 members from 24 countries.

In 2014 she initiated international online crowdfunding for research on ADHD, based on patients preferences (ADHDFund) that has booked its first successes.

Since 2002 she is head of the Dutch Expertise Center Adult ADHD, and  involved in research, treating patients, educating professionals, informing the public, publishing books, articles, websites and a new ADHD app, Super Brains.