ADHDers often struggle with another condition on top of their ADHD. I have looked at ADHD and anxiety in a previous post. However these aren’t the only two co-existing conditions that ADHDers struggle with.
ADHDers may also struggle with depression.
Depression is more than just having the occasional blues or bouts of sadness. Depression is a feeling of sadness, loneliness, emptiness and despair that lasts for more that two weeks. People with depression lose interest in activities they used to enjoy. It affects your ability to do things at home, at work, and other aspects of your day-to-day life.
Considering all the struggles that ADHD can bring, it is no wonder that many with ADHD struggle with depression as well. If you have ADHD, you’re four times more likely to also have depression.
Much like anxiety, there are different types of depression, which include:
- Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD)
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Postpartum Depression (PPD)
In some cases, individuals who suffer from depression may struggle with different types of depression at different times in their lives.
There are ways to treat depression. Medication and therapy are two of the more common, better known and beneficial treatments.
When it comes to mental health, it is so important to get help and get treatment. There is absolutely no shame in admitting that you’re struggling and need help and support.