ADHD and Depression

ADHD and Depression

ADHD and Depression

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental condition in children, and also in adults that makes it difficult for a person to be attentive, and concentrate on a task, and always have a restlessness behavior. Depression is also a mental disease that may lead to restlessness, anxiety, sleep difficulties, etc.


Overlapping Symptoms

The symptoms of medication to control ADHD and that of depression overlap each other. The symptoms seen while a person is depressed are similar to those seen in a person with ADHD taking medication. Side effects that mimic depression are seen when medications to control ADHD are prescribed, for example, restlessness, fatigue, mood swings, restlessness, loss of appetite and sleep difficulties.


Risk of Depression in people with ADHD

People with ADHD generally have a higher risk of suffering from depression, even without the effects of medication. People who are predominantly inattentive, and have trouble paying attention and organizing thoughts, are the ones who have the most risk of suffering from depressive disorders.


Link between Mother and Child

ADHD can also be caused in people due to the mental health status of their mothers. Studies show, any mother who suffered from depression or had serotonin impairment during pregnancy are more likely to produce offspring with ADHD or depression; low serotonin function affects the developing brain of the fetus, leading to ADHD-like symptoms.


Suicidal thoughts

Researches show that teens and adults who were diagnosed with ADHD between the ages of 4 and 6 years old have a high risk of becoming depressed later in life and/or having suicidal thoughts. Other researchers from the University of Chicago and University of Pittsburgh report that girls between the ages 6 and 18 years old suffering from ADHD can more likely think about committing suicide than others without the condition.


Living with ADHD and depression can be difficult and challenging, but there is good news! Stimulant and anti-depressant medications can be used to manage and treat ADHD in most people. Different kinds of therapies can help to improve focus and build self-esteem.

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