Posted by: | 2017/12/26


Can post natal depression be mistaken for ADHD?

Our son, 33 years old ( only child, not by choice) always been very active, high metabolism, never appeared to need Ritalin, needed lots of attention. Now married with little one 17 months old, we don't know our son like this. Moved from USA back to SA. Wife French, he been houseman 5 months, wide position @ UCT, lecturer. He now being diagnosed with ADHD, aggressive, hyperactive, not depressed. Maybe post natal depression?

Expert's Reply


ADHD Expert
- 2018/01/04

The term "post natal depression" refers to a woman developing depression after the birth of her child. It is possible that your son struggles with the adjustment to all the changes. We also know that patients with ADHD are more prone to comorbid disorders (i.e. other additional problems such as depression, anxiety, etc.). 

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