The prevalence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is estimated to be about 7% in children and adolescents and 2.5-5% in adults.  Traditionally women are less likely than men to be diagnosed with ADHD; however, we are seeing an increasing number of women with ADHD in our clinic at the Center for Women’s Mental Health who are either pregnant or planning to conceive.  While we have considerable data to indicate that women with mood and anxiety disorders are at increased risk for relapse during pregnancy, we have very limited information on the course of ADHD during pregnancy.  

 In a study from the CWMH, Dr. Allison Baker observed that women who discontinued psychostimulants during pregnancy were more likely to experience clinically significant depressive symptoms during pregnancy than women who continued treatment with stimulants.  Other studies have documented that somen with ADHD may also be more vulnerable to postpartum depression.

In a series of articles published in the online magazine ADDitude, Allison Baker, MD from the MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health discusses the challenges women with ADHD face during pregnancy and the postpartum period and provides practical treatment guidelines.

Treating for Two: ADHD Meds in Pregnancy


Postpartum Care for Mothers with ADHD: A Guide for Clinicians


“ADHD, Pregnancy, and Motherhood: A Practical Guide for Hopeful Parents” [Video Replay & Podcast #454]


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