Reply To: ADD + Comorbid Anxiety and Depression

Kevin Ju

This reply was originally posted by user John Tucker, PhD, ACG. ADHD Coach in ADDitude’s now-retired community.

The terrible thing about depression is that everything folks tell you to do is what depression stops you from doing. Exercise, diet, meditation, and pulling oneself up by the bootstraps are all out of reach. It’s a vicious irony.

So what to do? All these things can work if you can only get to do them. Everyone responds differently but it often happens that if you can do a tiny bit more of anything that brings you joy, comfort or peace, you are headed in the right direction.

If the Boston Marathon is out of the question then perhaps a longish walk might help. If religion, meditation and yoga are out of reach then perhaps going to an art gallery or a library can be diverting.

Spontaneous remission is possible but not that likely. The key is to learn to forgive yourself for all those things which are past (most of which are not your fault anyway) and do little things which are even mildly useful.

Also helping others, done often enough, can help shut down the internal judge. It’s not an instant cure but it can be a brick for a new foundation.

Your well written post is an example of a step in the right direction.

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 9 months ago by Kevin Ju.