ADHD & PMDD: Alisha Crossley Shares Her Experience


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In this episode, I’m joined by fellow podcaster and ADHDEr Alisha Crossley.  Alisha reached out to me after listening to the podcast and her story resonated with me!  

Adult Diagnosis of ADHD

Alisha’s road to diagnosis may sound too familiar to many of you. Alisha was diagnosed with anxiety when she was a teenager, after having children she developed PMDD. 

During a cardiologist appointment, Alisha shared her trouble with focusing, often relied on caffeine, and was trying to juggle 3 children and a business! 

Her cardiologist referred her to a psychiatrist and during the Zoom consultation, she was diagnosed with ADHD. 

Genetic Factors

Alisha reflected on her upbringing and her parents’ struggles with addiction. She now wonders if their drug use was a way of coping with undiagnosed ADHD. 

Managing PMDD and ADHD

Once Alisha understood her ADHD and PMDD she was able to find a way to manage both. One tool she has found helpful is to track her cycle so she knows when her PMDD symptoms are likely to start. 

Once she understood what her mood is like at different stages of her cycle, Alisha found it much easier to plan her days. 

Listen to the full episode to find out more about Alisha’s journey. 

https://alishacrossley.com

About The Adulting With ADHD Podcast

It’s not just you – we aren’t talking enough about ADHD and hormones. There are so many things I wish I had known about hormones and ADHD earlier. They play such a fundamental role in the human body, deeply impacting a person’s life at all of their life stages.

As a former journalist and current ADHD’er, I unpack this topic through patient stories, expert interviews, and personal narrative.

With new episodes biweekly on Wednesdays, The Adulting With ADHD Podcast covers a variety of ADHD hormone topics including puberty, menopause, perimenopause, PMS, PMDD, and more. Why aren’t we talking about this more? What do you do if you find yourself struggling with ADHD and hormones? We discuss this and much more.

Need basic info about ADHD and hormones? Get the free quick guide at https://adultingwithadhd.com/hormones.

Show highlights

2:40 diagnosed with anxiety through my teenage years, struggled with, um, PMDD after having children

6:10 I didn’t even realize it, but she was screening me for ADHD. We taught to wow for two hours. And I really felt like I was more in a therapy session.

10:00 I’m always being sensitive to those changes prior looking at my cycles, but that ultimately is what made the ADHD symptoms more apparent and more problematic.

Show edited by HK Productions



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