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.