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Old 12-29-2010, 07:38 AM   #6
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Re: ADHD education of critical importance

Gender differences.

There is a difference in brain chemistry between men and women. The testosterone to estrogen ratio is 10:1 in young adult men:women. The hormone testosterone is connected to the neurotransmitter dopamine, estrogen to norepinephrine. Neurotransmitters maintain ratios (balances) between themselves.

A rarely discussed side effect of norepi and/or dopamine meds is the suppression of serotonin. The manifestation is usually different between men and women. Women become anxious and depressed because the serotonin to norepi balance becomes more out of whack. The greater dopamine to serotonin inbalance more often causes men to become anxious and angry. "More often" does not equal "always."

For similar reasons, girls more often display ADD and boys more often display ADHD.

Gender is yet another of the many, many variables indicating the medications must likely to help.

Bob