Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is characterized by attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. Most often diagnosed in children, adults can be diagnosed with this disorder as well. Symptoms affecting a person’s ability to stay organized, listen intently, and engage in self-control can greatly impact daily life, with school, home, and social interactions. Previous research has shown depression to be a common disorder that occurs alongside ADHD; when this happens, it is typically called comorbidity because there are at least two disorders occurring at the same time. Some symptoms of ADHD overlap with depression, which can even cause a misdiagnosis at times.
There are three main ways in which ADHD and depression overlap:
- Emotions – ADHD can cause dark moods which are typically caused by certain setbacks; depression can be pervasive and may last for a longer period
- Motivation – ADHD can make it difficult for individuals to feel motivated, as symptoms of the disorder can make it hard to stay focused; depression also causes people to struggle with motivation, but due to fatigue
- Sleeping difficulties – with ADHD, the mind refuses to turn off”; those with depression may toss and turn throughout the night and may awaken with anxious or depressing thoughts
Therefore, if you’re speaking with a psychiatrist about your symptoms, it’s important to describe exactly what is causing you to feel unmotivated, if there is a reason behind your sadness and how long it’s lasting, and how you’re experiencing sleep and what thoughts are causing you to lose sleep. In doing this, you may increase your chances of being diagnosed effectively. From there, what treatment options do you have?
Treatment for both ADHD and depression can be challenging, but it’s important to focus on both and prioritize which disorder needs top priority to begin. For example, if your depression is causing suicidal thoughts, you want to address any life-threatening issues first before getting treated for an inability to maintain attention. Medication is typically available, which can help you clear your mind as you develop the tools you need to better manage your symptoms. Psychotherapy, also known as “talk therapy”, will allow you to work through deep-rooted concerns while finding practical solutions to everyday problems.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.