Depressed? Maybe It’s Actually Adult ADHD

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By: Krystle Crossman

Many adults are diagnosed with depression when they are exhibiting symptoms of restlessness, insomnia, and general malaise. The problem is that a lot of these adults that are being diagnosed with depression and being given anti-depressant and SSRI medications do not have depression at all. This is what happened to a man from Bridgend, UK named Mark Williams. He was suffering even after he was given the diagnosis of depression and given medications for it. He couldn’t figure out what was going on with him but he was absolutely miserable. Finally he saw a doctor who made sense of what was going on and gave him the correct diagnosis. This man had adult ADHD. Everything was so clear to him now as he could see the list of symptoms that came along with the diagnosis.

This unfortunately is a common problem these days. Adults are diagnosed with depression and are subsequently placed on SSRI medications to help boost their serotonin levels. These medications will not help them and in some cases could make them worse off as the serotonin levels are not the problem. Adult ADHD is actually quite common but is often misdiagnosed and goes untreated. Some symptoms of adult ADHD are:

– Fatigue
– Depression
– Inattention
– Fidgeting
– Racing thoughts
– Insomnia
– Organizational problems

These are just a few of the symptoms that are seen in adults with ADHD. One of the common ones that appears in children, hyperactivity, is usually not a symptom that appears later in life. The adult instead will feel listless and find that they do not have any motivation to do anything that does not directly interest them. Mark Williams stated that he just didn’t want to get out of bed. This is one of the reasons it is misdiagnosed as depression. The symptoms can be very similar.

Once the correct diagnosis is made patients will be put on medication to help calm their racing thoughts and lack of focus. Generally they are given drugs that are made to boost dopamine levels, as that is what is thought to cause a number of adult ADHD symptoms. This is why the antidepressant medications that boost serotonin are not effective. If you are on SSRI medications and notice that your symptoms are becoming worse it may be time for a second look as you could be on the wrong medication. It is important to let your doctor know everything that you are experiencing so that they can put you on the correct treatment plan.

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