I have never had pms. I'm one of those that hardly noticed that time of the month. I was wondering if anyone's symptoms got worse after their hormones stopped. I don't do hormone replacement but I'm thinking about it now. I am fifty nine and and the old hormones completely stopped I guess a year ago and man can I tell the difference. The only problem with adderall now is that it wires me up. my Doc and I are working on an counter-balance. In the meantime I feel like my brain has been fried.
I used to be organized around 20 years ago (in my 30's) but since perimenopause hit (in my early 40's) the organization abilities I had left the planet. Now in menopause (will be 56 next Tuesday) my office looks like it was hit by a tornado. We won't even discuss my house. My husband basically does all the house work. I may do some laundry every week but that's about all I can focus on after a day at a very stressful full time job.
I'm on Vyvanse and that works to some extent but there are so many distractions in my job that focusing on one task for any length of time is nearly impossible. Also, for those of you taking Adderall XR and find that it increases irritability, Vyvanse is basically the same thing but when I switched to it I noticed that the irritability wasn't so pronounced. I still get irritable and snap at coworkers and my husband from time to time only not as often or as strongly as I did on Adderall.
I did try the Vivelle (HRT) patch for a while and that helped with focusing at work and increase energy levels, but finances being what they are, I just can't afford another medication with a higher co-pay. Apparently research discovered that menopausal women with ADHD focus better when given Estrogen. It's true for me. I hope they come up with a generic version of the Vivelle Dot so I can afford it.