'Real Housewives of Cheshire’ star Tanya Bardsley thinks she is premenopausal.
The media personality, 41, quit the series in 2019 after six years following a breakdown, and she was misdiagnosed with depression and anxiety for years before discovering she had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in 2020.
Tanya has spoken about experiencing the negative side effects of ADHD medication and coming off them after fluctuating hormones, which she puts down to perimenopause, had a significant impact on her ADHD symptoms.
She said: “I’m not medicated now because I’m scared of the tablets.
“I haven’t found many women who have adapted to the ADHD medication very well. Women have lots of hormones and I don’t think they’ve made a tablet that’s right for me. And I think I’m premenopausal. I keep having mad sweats, my periods are messed up. Us women have it hard.”
Tanya - who is mum to Gabriella, 20, and shares Rocco, 13, Renz, nine, and Ralphi, six, with Burnley footballer Phil, 37 – was reunited with her 'RHOC' co-stars for a festive spin-off, ‘The Real Housewives Of Cheshire: Christmas Cruising’.
The star admits she has had to go "back to basics" during the recovery from her breakdown.
She added to new! magazine: “I’m getting there. I had to fully take everything out of my life and go back to basics. Phil put me in 'Phil prison' at first! I wasn’t allowed my phone because the breakdown was stress-related.
“I’m going to take my time and ease myself in. I’ll pop in now and again, but I’ve got to put being a mum first – which every mum knows can burn you out anyway, even with a normal brain.”
Since Tanya’s diagnosis, she’s become a spokesperson for sufferers of ADHD and opened up about her journey in a revealing and personal ITV documentary titled ‘Tanya Bardsley: Me and ADHD’.