Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS is fellow in consult liaison psychiatry at the University of Washington and is completing her second year as an APA Leadership Fellow. She is a graduate of the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program where her research focused on the biological mechanisms of eating disorders, looking at the effect of dieting on anxiety and fear learning in mice. She plans to continue to work with individuals struggling with eating issues after she completes training. She has a strong interest in women's mental health, including perinatal psychiatry and LGBTQ issues.
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Menopause and Eating Disorders

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS
Both hormonal change and the stress of transition into a new life stage may affect women in midlife negatively. Early-onset menopause and its association with depression were discussed last month. Another unexpected mental health problem affecting women in midlife is the spectrum of eating disorders.
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Inattentive? Impulsive? Adult ADHD Might Be the Cause

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Although some children do seem to “grow out of” their ADHD, about half the kids whose cases have been diagnosed continue to have symptoms into adulthood, with about 4 percent of adults affected. It’s not uncommon for girls to go undiagnosed in childhood as they more often present as inattentive rather than hyperactive.

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Understanding Somatic Symptom Disorder

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Somatic symptom disorder is extremely challenging to deal with for the patient, her family, and her medical providers. While we believe these are driven in no small part by psychological factors, the physical feelings experienced by the individual are real and can be quite disabling.

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