Posted by: Thea | 2019/12/22


Adult ADHD and depression

When is my diagnosis of major depression, GAD and OCD actually the result of undiagnosed adult ADHD? Or if diagnosed with adult ADHD already but not treated? I regularly have appointments with my psychologist and psychiatrist. I am on meds ranging from two types of anti-depressants, a mood stabilizer, lyrica for anxiety, sleeping pills and melatonin. I do not go into third and fourth stages of sleep. Was diagnosed with adult adhd but not on any meds for it. Im not responding to meds. I am told i am showing resistance to most meds prescribed. Very rare side effects are mostly affecting me. I am drowning in meds. I read an article that got me wondering as to the Q ive asked. Can it be that im un-treated for adult adhd and thus causing symptoms of depression and anxiety? I do have a history of childhood trauma. Do you have an answer?

Expert's Reply


ADHD Expert
- 2019/12/28

It is very difficult to give an opinion without a comprehensive assessment. Yet, up to 80% of adults with untreated ADHD have at least one comorbid psychiatric disorder (e.g. anxiety or depression). Treating the underlying ADHD may definitely alleviate the symptoms. Furthermore, many of the other medication you mention will exacerbate the ADHD symptoms. I.e. a vicious circle...

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