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How do antidepressants help in treating adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

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Stimulant are the first choice of medication for ADHD. But antidepressants can help some people with ADHD, even if you don’t have depression. One of the more common options is bupropion (Wellbutrin). Your doctor might recommend it if you have a substance abuse problem or mood disorder, as well as ADHD.

A common type of antidepressant, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (Celexa, Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft), won’t work for ADHD.

From: Adult ADHD: Treatment Overview WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Treatment of adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.”

HelpGuide.org: “ADHD in Adults.”

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): “Treatment, Medication Management, Coaching.”

American Family Physician: “Diagnosis and Management of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Treatment of adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.”

HelpGuide.org: “ADHD in Adults.”

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): “Treatment, Medication Management, Coaching.”

American Family Physician: “Diagnosis and Management of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

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