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Does My ADHD Son Need Meds for Depression?

“My 10-year-old son has been diagnosed with ADHD and depression. Will his ADHD medication help him manage depression, or does he need an additional medications?”

Reviewed on April 20, 2017

If his depression results from frustration with school or social and family difficulties, his ADHD medication should reduce these challenges and lessen his depression. However, if he has ADHD and clinical depression, it might be necessary to treat each separately.

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