Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

Candance Sorensen L&S Social Sciences

Comorbidity of PMDD & ADHD in Women: Impact on Life Functioning

My research project focuses on investigating the comorbidity of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in women and people AFAB. While PMDD is a common hormonal mood disorder affecting up to 8% of women of reproductive age, it is understudied. Recent studies have suggested a high prevalence of PMDD in women with ADHD, with estimates as high as 45%. The impact of PMDD on daily functioning, mental health, and quality of life is significant, with symptoms including irritability, mood swings, depression, anxiety, fatigue, and increased risk of suicide and self-harm. By examining the prevalence of PMDD in women with ADHD, my research aims to increase awareness of the comorbidity, promote timely diagnosis and treatment, and improve the quality of life for women affected by these disorders which might impact life functioning. Through this study, I also hope to shed light on the potential interaction between these two disorders and the unique challenges and needs of this population.

Message To Sponsor

Thank you to the donor who funded this project, you are allowing a first-generation undergraduate to pursue their dream to make an impact on the scientific community through needed research in women's mental health. Thank you for your generosity and altruism which hopefully will be a huge stepping stone for not only me but the many eager early researchers hoping to be the next generation to offer new insights in the scientific field.
Major: Psychology
Mentor: Stephen Hinshaw
Sponsor: Shin Morgan Fund
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