ADHD Insights: Lead Toxic ADHDSeptember 8, 2012
ADHD Insights: Neurotransmitter ChickensSeptember 10, 2012
Estrogen, Thyroid and Adrenal Levels Matter
Immune system challenges and trace element imbalances both significantly effect various hormone levels, which in turn appear symptomatically as ADHD. If clinicians don't consider these underlying factors two downstream effects regularly occur:
- ADHD meds work quite unpredictably – as hormone imbalances interfere with neurotransmitter and medication responses. For example: hypothyroid or low adrenal function frequently show as diminished concentration, but stimulants don't fix hypothyroidism or adrenal fatigue. Stimulants may temporarily correct the symptoms, leaving the underlying issues unresolved. Low thyroid and low adrenal function require specific interventions.
- Stimulant meds hide the underlying condition. Example: Estrogen challenges such as estrogen dominance effect moods and significantly change prefrontal cortical executive function. Assessing the underlying hormone levels will provide improved treatment targets and avoid simply symptomatic treatments.
Neither outcome satisfactorily solves the underlying issues.
Best to consider multiple issues rather than remain asleep. So many hormonally related symptoms look like various expressions of ADHD, and both conditions suffer the consequences of label-think.