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How common is it for children with ADHD to also have a mood disorder, such as depression?

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Up to 30% of children who have ADHD also have a serious mood disorder like depression. And some experts say that more than half of people who have the condition will get treatment for depression at some point in their lives.

SOURCES:

CDC.

National Institute of Mental Health.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).

Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment: “Adult ADHD and comorbid depression: A consensus-derived diagnostic algorithm for ADHD.”

Postgraduate Medicine: “Understanding Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder From Childhood to Adulthood.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Adult ADHD.”

Psychiatry: “Major Depression with ADHD in Children and Adolescents.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Depression (major depressive disorder).”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC.

National Institute of Mental Health.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).

Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment: “Adult ADHD and comorbid depression: A consensus-derived diagnostic algorithm for ADHD.”

Postgraduate Medicine: “Understanding Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder From Childhood to Adulthood.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Adult ADHD.”

Psychiatry: “Major Depression with ADHD in Children and Adolescents.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Depression (major depressive disorder).”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

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