Young people with ADHD experience repeated academic and social failures that may put them at risk for depression. Struggling with both academic issues and depression may cause a child to engage in negative self-talk, such as claiming that he or she is stupid. It is important to be familiar with the symptoms of depression in children with ADHD because depression carries the risk of self-harm. If 3-5 of the following symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks, or if your child’s mood ever becomes concerning, seek help from a professional.
Children with ADHD and depression may:
- Feel guilty for no reason
- Feel sad and/or cry often
- Feel low self-esteem
- Feel as though life is meaningless or that the future is negative
- Withdraw from previously enjoyed things, such as sports, music, etc.
- Have trouble concentrating and making decisions
- Overreact and become easily irritated
- Experience changes in sleep patterns, including sleeping more or less than usual or having trouble falling asleep
- Have a gain or loss of appetite
- Feel restless or tired most of the time
- Have thoughts of death or suicide
Contact Dr. Gordon for help with your ADHD. We have treatment and solutions available online, by phone, and in our offices.
written by: Brianna Malinowski, Jay Gordon, Ph.D
Bernstein, J. (2007). 10 days to a less distracted child. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press.
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