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.
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.
Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD
available at amazon.com, or smashwords.com (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.