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Hope @ ADDitude
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This reply was originally posted by user ADHDmomma in ADDitude’s now-retired community.

There are so many adults who describe taking antidepressants for years with not positive results, only to later be diagnosed with ADHD, presenting with the overlapping symptoms with depression.
https://www.additudemag.com/slideshow/139/slide-4.html
https://www.additudemag.com/slideshow/174/slide-1.html

The great news is that he knows something is off and he’s taking steps to try to remedy it. You are way ahead of many other spouses to ADHD in that regard. Since one has to want help to accept it, he’s already started the process successfully.

Since the psychiatrist suspects ADHD, I’d support him in requesting an evaluation. If he’s diagnosed with ADHD, then treatment becomes available to him, and that can make a huge difference.
https://www.additudemag.com/resource-center/adhd-100-days.html

Lastly, read all you can about ADHD. The more you understand it, the easier it will be to deal with.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator, Author on Parenting ADHD, Mom to teen boy with ADHD, LDs, and autism