ADDitude ADHD Experts Podcast

Listen to “The ADHD-Depression Connection: Understanding the Link and First-Line Treatments” with Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D.

Tune in to hear as Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D., discusses the link between these conditions, and first-line psychopharmacological and psychotherapy treatments.

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Listen to “The ADHD-Depression Connection: Understanding the Link and First-Line Treatments” with Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D.

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Every adult with ADHD should take note of these statistics: Thirty percent of individuals with ADHD have had a depressive episode, and if you have ADHD, your risk of developing depression is four times greater than it is for those without the disorder. Researchers have traced back this elevated rate of depression to four ADHD-specific risk factors: emotional dysregulation, executive function deficits, social problems, above-average impulsivity, and physical and sexual abuse.

The good news is that more treatment options exist today for managing depression, ranging from psychotherapy to pharmacological interventions. In addition, doctors are using promising new treatments for depression, including electroconvulsive therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and the chemical ketamine, when conventional approaches fall short. Learning about these newer approaches and discussing them with your doctor may lead to treatment breakthroughs.

Listener testimonials:

  • “Thank you for your time! Helpful and interesting – sounds like many people got different useful information from today’s webinar.”
  •  “Amazing work! Great professional speakers/lectures! Thank you so much for offering these webinars.”
  • “Thank you so much for tying ADHD and depression together and explaining some of the specific risk factors, comorbidity, and different types of therapy.”
  • “Fantastic Presentation By Dr. Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D.!  He ALWAYS gives an AMAZING training session every time! Thank you so much.”

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Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D., is a member of the ADDitude ADHD Medical Review Panel.

This ADHD Experts webinar was first broadcast live on March 26, 2019. ADDitude thanks our sponsors for supporting our webinars. Sponsorship has no influence on speaker selection or webinar content.

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Updated on January 31, 2020

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