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How Comorbid Conditions Increase Risk of Depression

Comorbid conditions are two disorders that happen to occur at the same time. Many people with ADHD have one or more additional diagnoses, such as depression, substance abuse disorders, a learning disability, ODD, or some other condition. In this video, Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D. explains more.

Physicians once considered ADHD a standalone condition. We now know that ADHD rarely travels alone. A majority of people have ADHD plus another comorbid, or associated, condition — most commonly:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Substance Use Disorder
  • Learning Disability

Sometimes these problems are “secondary” to ADHD — meaning, they are triggered by the frustration of coping with symptoms of ADHD. When the symptoms don’t resolve with ADHD treatment, they are often signs of a comorbid condition.

In the video, from his ADDitude webinar titled “The ADHD-Depression Connection in Adults: Understanding the Link, Distinct Symptoms, and First-Line Treatments,” Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D., explains how comorbid conditions increase the risk of depression.

Learn More About How Comorbid Conditions Increase Depression Risk:

1. Take This TestDepression in Adults
2. Take This TestDepression in Children
3. Top Article: What is Depression?
4. Download How to Recognize and Treat Depression
5. Watch How to Stop Those Negativity Spirals
6. Read Depression: When It’s More Than a Symptom Of ADHD