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Penny Williams
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ADHD struggles can lead to depression, but depression can also be a stand-alone condition in addition to ADHD.

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What he needs now are some successes. If his interest has waned in the volunteer work he was doing, it’s time to find another opportunity he’s interested in. He may have thought he was interested in politics but found he really wasn’t after some time. Exploring lots of different areas will help him determine what he’d be happy doing in his life. Successes can help with confidence, self-esteem, and the depression.

It seems like he’s hit the “why bother” point when he wasn’t succeeding at what he wanted to do or thought he needed to do. Get him involved in activities and areas of interest — encourage and support that in every way possible.

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Penny
ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Trainer & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism