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Is depression the same as regular sadness?

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Depression is more than just an occasional case of the blues. It’s deep sadness and despair you feel every day for at least 2 weeks at a time. It can make it hard to work, go to school, or sleep.

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 November 13, 2019

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 November 13, 2019

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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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