Is It Depression or ADHD?

Depression, like hypersensitivity, is surprisingly common among ADHD adults. Fortunately, there’s no need to suffer in silence.

PREV Slide 4 of 6 NEXT


What You Should Treat First

“I would not go after ADHD and primary depression at the same time,” says Lenard Adler, M.D., director of the adult ADHD program at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. “Work first on the condition that causes the greater impairment. Problems raised by ADHD are real, but depression can be life-threatening.”

Antidepressants that aim to boost levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin and/or norepinephrine are the primary treatment for severe depression. Your doctor may also prescribe an antidepressant if mild to moderate depression persists, despite lifestyle changes and effective treatment for your ADHD.

Most antidepressants work well alongside ADHD stimulant meds, as well as with the nonstimulant Strattera (atomoxetine), though minor adjustments may need to be made. Wellbutrin (bupropion) is an antidepressant that can also be useful for ADHD.

Most of the time, depression improves substantially with the first antidepressant tried. If it doesn’t work, a second one probably will. About half of those who take antidepressants achieve complete relief of depressive symptoms.

Next: Do-It-Yourself Relief


Who Can Treat ADHD?
How to choose the appropriate professional for diagnosing and treating ADHD. Download now!

We never share e-mail addresses

PREV Slide 4 of 6 NEXT

slide   1   2   3   4   5   6   next »

TAGS: Depression, Comorbid Conditions with ADD, Prozac, Strattera, Wellbutrin, Behavior Therapy for ADHD, Alternative Treatments for ADHD

Share your comments, questions and advice on ADDConnect!
Join our online support groups to learn about treatment options, coping mechanisms, related conditions and much more.

Copyright © 1998 - 2015 New Hope Media LLC. All rights reserved. Your use of this site is governed by our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
ADDitude does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The material on this web site is provided for educational purposes only. See additional information.
New Hope Media, 108 West 39th Street, Suite 805, New York, NY 10018