Sep 03, 2012 - 3:18 pm
I have had such a hard time focusing on work since my hysterectomy that it's starting to scare me. I've had ADD my entire life, but did not know it until well after completing law school. Like many others, I managed to arrange my life and environment to cope with the symptoms. Once I adopted my first son, I realized that I needed help to re-organize my life, so the doctor gave me Adderall. This helped immensely and I have only used it during particularly chaotic periods of life.
Now I'm on it again. A friend directed me to some websites about ADD and menopause. It seems that studies suggest that ADD symptoms are exacerbated by menopause. I wondered whether anyone on this forum has dealt with this issue.
Part of my job involves teaching. I'll be winding up to make an important point and then forget the point I was going to make. I don't try to cover it up. I just confess that i completely forgot where I was going with my statement and ask whether anyone else might know where I was headed. Sometimes they know just where I was headed and get me back on track. It's pretty disconcerting to me.
I'm having trouble staying on task, too. My job involves lots of interruptions and a lot of written work product. I've wondered whether dementia is setting in. It's just plain disturbing and depressing. By evening I feel so irritable that I wish I could run away from myself.
The gynecologist gave me an estrogen cream to help me cope with the symptoms, but I'm a bit reluctant to take it. Still, I want to go back to how it was before. Have any of you been through this and had it pass? If so, how long did it take? I know everyone's different, but it would be nice to hear from someone. Thanks.