Depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can coexist. Comorbid or coexisting conditions are terms used by doctors to describe the fact that you might have both at the same time.
ADHD is a mental illness that makes it difficult to concentrate. It can make it difficult for children and adults to complete chores, sit quietly, or keep track of things, appointments, or details. Depression isn't merely a case of the blues every now and then. It's a deep grief and despair that you experience every day for at least two weeks. It can make working, going to school, and sleeping difficult. Up to 30% of youngsters with ADHD also suffer from a significant mood illness such as depression. According to some experts, more than half of those who suffer from depression will seek treatment at some time in their lives.
What's the link between the two?
Because some of the symptoms of ADHD and depression are similar, diagnosing and treating these diseases can be difficult. Focus issues, for example, are a symptom of both depression and ADHD. Additionally, medications used to treat ADHD symptoms may have an impact on your sleep or eating habits, both of which can be markers of depression. Hyperactivity and irritability in youngsters can be signs of depression as well as ADHD. When people struggle with their symptoms, ADHD can also lead to depression. Children may have difficulties in school or with their playmates, while adults may face difficulties at work. This can lead to deep emotions of hopelessness as well as other depression symptoms.
Anxiety and despair are more real than ADHD.
There are two distinct patterns to the diagnosis of ADHD, according to many researchers and physicians, based on neurological testing, brain scans (QEEG and SPECT SCAN), and ruling out alternative diagnoses. The frontal lobe, which is said to be the executive center for organizing and processing brain information, was mentioned in both studies, either directly or indirectly. What's more shocking is that the diagnoses are wrong 66% of the time, which is a rather severe indictment given that these youngsters are often given heavy drugs (with no scientific proof of long-term consequences) as young as two years old. Anxiety and sadness were far more prevalent than ADHD, as one might predict given the overlap of symptoms. Anxiety and depression were also prevalent as primary diagnoses, even when ADHD was correctly diagnosed.
In fact, if the anxiety and depression symptoms were lifted and separated, the obstacles of ADHD could be easily controlled, even to the point where they could become assets in subsequent creative development. The brain seems to compensate for low focusing abilities by building other abilities, such as developing good human relationships, "thinking outside the box," and leadership skills, in the same way that Dyslexia (inability to read) is a common diagnosis in successful business entrepreneurs and ADHD is a common sign in inventors and creators. If left alone, our instinctive adaptive mechanisms of what we term brain plasticity would generate compensating tactics and offer opportunities to progress cognitively as well as other avenues we cannot predict.
The barriers to improvement
What I'm suggesting is that anxiety and depression are the most damaging conditions, far outnumbering the more common categories in terms of limiting our potential. Whether it's learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, or the broad spectrum of autism, all of which are real issues, the biggest roadblock is the stress of anxiety and depression that comes with not only the frustrations of having these issues, but also the layers of disappointments, expectations, and unrealistic needs by people who try to compensate for their limitations with unreasonable demands.
The dread of failure and lack of acceptance that people who are supposed to be "helping" us adjust to our lack of conforming abilities is at the heart of the anxiety around these new-prescribed diseases. The labels for these issues provide mixed messages about our worth to the mind. Depression affects our internal conversation by transforming our self-concepts into dark pits of self-disgust.
Anxiety and despair are natural reactions that, in most cases, help us defend and refresh ourselves. Our bodies move into protective mode when we feel worried, reaching a peak of arousal, and we often function at a greater level. Our sympathetic systems begin to ratchet up with rising blood pressure and muscle tension, causing us to run faster and respond more efficiently. This is how our forefathers (and moms) dealt with the perils of the environment many years ago. However, when those dangers are labels of defeat, which are largely invisible and abstract, the worry persists.
Depression works in a similar manner. It is frequently the initial factor that inspires her to make a change. When we grow dissatisfied with our circumstances and recognize that we need to change, the psychological suffering of sadness often provides the impetus to make significant changes in our lives. This is natural, but when the change is forced upon us and will only cause us additional grief, we become trapped. Any difficulties begin to seem insurmountable. With fewer resources, our brains begin to twist on themselves. This is not how a child should begin their life.
My point is that ADHD disorders, like many other classifications, must be framed in terms of the anxiety and sadness that accompany them, because these are the fundamental obstacles to overcome. Example after case tells me that many of the new problems we're addressing with specialty clinics will only be greeted with fierce opposition unless anxiety and depression are addressed and overcome. Let us confront the facts: while there are actual difficulties, they are frequently entangled in the same basic traps that have plagued humanity since the dawn of time.