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What is the connection between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and depression?

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Some symptoms of ADHD and depression are a lot alike, and that can make it tough to diagnose and treat those conditions. For example, trouble with focus is one of the signs of both depression and ADHD. And if you take medicines to help with your ADHD symptoms, they may affect your sleep or eating habits -- both of those can be signs of depression, too. In children, hyperactivity and irritability can be symptoms of depression as well as ADHD.

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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