Comorbid: Depression and ADD —- ADD Tip o the day 258

We with ADD and ADHD have a 2.7 times higher rate of depression than the general public where the rate is about 10%.

Reasons: 1. Childhood abuse, shame, failures  make us vulnerable to depression.  2. our continued failures and poor performances, along with the criticism and poor relationships foster it.  3.  possibly the genes involved in each overlap, so they appear together  4. we also have higher rates of substance abuse, and the two conditions foster each other.

Depression is a medical illness, whereas unhappiness, sadness, blues, frustration, grieving, etc are all normal non-medical parts of life (tho one can sometimes benefit from help with them)

strategies:

1. get help – therapy, counseling, and if moderate or severe, medication

2. use strategies to cope better with the ADD

3. learn to stop the self criticism

4. minimize contact with negative critical people

5. stay active socially and physically even if you don’t feel like it

6. faith and a spiritual life are somewhat protective against depression; a critical restrictive religion is not.

doug                               add, adhd, living with add, living with adhd, coping with add, coping with adhd

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I am a psychiatric physician. Learned I have ADD at age 64 My book: Your Life Can Be Better strategies for adults with ADD available at amazon.com or smashwords.com (for e books)
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7 Responses to Comorbid: Depression and ADD —- ADD Tip o the day 258

  1. Pingback: Comorbidity ie More Problems — ADD Tip o the Day 321 | ADDadultstrategies

  2. I agreed with every single sentence here! Been there – gone through it and glad to say came out the other side. There IS hope! :)

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  3. Scott Marckx says:

    Thank you for this. Personally I have found that getting enough long chain Omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil tablets work) has really helped me. Exercise also helps, but I’m not good at doing that regularly.

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