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Beth Battaglino, RN-C, CEO of HealthyWomen

Beth brings a unique combination of sharp business expertise and women's health insight to her leadership of the organization. Beth has worked in the health care industry for more than 25 years helping to define and drive public education programs on a broad range of women's health issues. She launched and has expanded the brand. As a result of her leadership, HealthyWomen was recognized as one of the top 100 women's health web sites by Forbes for three consecutive years, and was recognized by Oprah magazine as one of the top women's health web sites. HealthyWomen now connects to millions of women across the country through its wide program distribution and innovative use of technology.

Beth is responsible for the business development and strategic positioning of HealthyWomen. She creates partnerships with key health care professionals and consumer groups to provide strategic, engaging and informative award-winning programs. She serves as the organization's chief spokesperson, regularly participating in corporate, non-profit, community and media events. She also is a practicing nurse in maternal child health at Riverview Medical Center- Hackensack Meridian Health, in Red Bank, NJ.

In addition to her nursing degree, Beth holds degrees in political science, business and public administration from Marymount University.

To stay sane, she loves to run and compete in road races. She enjoys skiing and sailing with her husband and young son, and welcoming new babies into the world.

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Could It Be Adult ADHD

Could It Be Adult ADHD?

If you regularly have trouble completing tasks or following through or find that hyperactivity or impulsivity interferes with your life, you could have adult ADHD.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

You forget appointments. It's impossible for you to get organized. You start a project—then another and another—without any one of them getting done. You can't remember what you've just read, because your mind is wandering.

We all have our "moments." We might write them off to multitasking, age, anxiety or mood disorders. But if these moments occur more than just once in a while, and there's a pattern to them, you may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD—especially if these behaviors affect your self-esteem, productivity, relationships and the quality of your everyday life.

If you thought ADHD was a condition relegated only to the young, it's not. If you had it as a child, it can persist and follow you into adulthood, especially if your symptoms were severe as a child or if you also suffer from depression or other forms of mental illness, experts say.

The number of adults in the United States thought to have ADHD is estimated at 5 percent, but that number is likely higher because few adults get diagnosed or treated for it. Adding to the difficulty in diagnosis is that the symptoms can be subtler, more varied and less clear-cut than they are in children with the condition.

Scientists are not sure what causes ADHD—and there are likely a variety of causes. Some experts theorize a strong genetic component, while others are examining the role of neurotransmitters; smoking during pregnancy; complications from pregnancy, delivery or infancy; brain injuries; nutrition; and physical or social environment.

There's no single test for ADHD. Instead, symptoms usually determine the diagnosis. If you're wondering if you might have ADHD, take a look at the most common symptoms below.

  • Forgetting to keep appointments
  • Forgetting to pay bills
  • Forgetting to return calls
  • Avoiding completing forms or reviewing paperwork
  • Feelings of restlessness
  • Trouble sitting still
  • Frequently interrupting conversations or completing people's sentences
  • Trouble coping with stress
  • Trouble retaining information and/or following directions
  • Impulsivity
  • Problems prioritizing tasks and following through
  • Low tolerance for frustration

Many adults with ADHD learn to live with the condition through their own coping strategies like exercise, adequate sleep, setting up systems, making lists and breaking up tasks into smaller components.

But if the condition is interfering with your functioning, you might consider consulting with your health care professional about a possible diagnosis and treatment. The Mayo Clinic says that though it's not curable, ADHD is treatable through things like medication, education, learning new skills and psychological counseling.

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