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)


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

About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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8 Responses to Comorbid: Depression and ADD —- ADD Tip o the day 258

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


  4. 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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