Poster Session

P284. Perimenopausal attention deficit as diagnostic challenge

Gabriella Gyovai (HU), Donatella Lakatos (HU)

[Gyovai] Family Planning Centre, [Lakatos] Szeged Medical University

Frequent complaint on behalf of perimenopausal women of experiences confusion, forgetfulness, memory problems - like word retrievaldifficulties, low motivaton, fatigue, inability to sustain a trainof thought. These symptoms can have consequences on dily functioning: these women are at risk to loose their job because of lack of concentration, forgetfulness, lack of focus and attention problems can lead to compromise of driver skills. There is even no consensus what kind of specialist should take care about these symptoms: gynecologist, psychiatrist, endocrinologist? - Estrogen levels are integral to the brain function. Estrogen, progesteron, LH, FSH fluctuate irregularely during peri-menopause and menopause. Reported data suggests evidence of interaction between sex hormons and neurosteroid system, neurotransmitter levels, such as dopamine, serotonine, glutamate, and repair of damaged nerve cells. - Is it a symptome of an affective disorder spectrum such as depression, or an anxiety spectrum disorder ? No ICD10 or DSM5 categories have been established to diagnose these symptoms. If it is close to affective disorder spectrum, antidepressant therapy should be effective: SSRI, SNRI, trazodone, bupropione. - If the symptoms show transient executive function difficulties, does it represent a link to midlife- onset– or diagnosed – attention deficit disorder? If so,psychostimulans might be effective. - Most women complaining on memory problem are afraid of Alzheimer diasease. The detailed investigation can dissolve fear from stigma of dementia, or helps the early management. - Even sleep apnoe is one of the diagnostic options. The goal of this presentation is to aggregate an integrated view on the effect of ovarian hormons and aging on cognition and executive functions.