ADD and Depression in Teenagers – Signs, Diagnosis & Treatment

Are you worried that your teen is suffering from depression? Do you want to know more about the link between ADD and depression in teens?

ADD and depression often come linked together and can cause great deals of confusion, pain and stress for teenagers and their families. Dealing with ADD and depression can be quite challenging and many parents choose to just shrug it off as a passing phase. It’s important that you open up the lines of communication with your teen if you are worried about them suffering from ADD and depression, so that they know they’re not alone.

Signs-of-ADD-and-DepressionSigns of ADD:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Inability to stay focused
  • Losing things
  • Forgetting important dates
  • Making careless mistakes
  • Interrupting others

A lot of the signs of ADD cross over with depression, such as difficulty concentration, the inability to concentrate, memory loss, changes in academic performance and making careless mistakes.

In addition, teens suffering from depression might also:

  • Be preoccupied with death
  • Complain of pain or fatigue
  • Have excessive guilt
  • Partake in careless behavior
  • Suffer from sadness or anxiety
  • Use illegal substances
  • Be sexually irresponsible

How do diagnose depression in your teen?
It is challenging to diagnose ADD and depression in your teen without visiting a doctor. Depression usually presents itself between the ages of 15-30; teens that were really happy can suddenly find themselves miserable. A qualified health professional will determine if your teen is depressed by conducting a number of interviews and assessments. The health professional will also analyze what the risk of depression is for your teen. Your teen will be also checked for any co-existing psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, substance abuse or ADD.

How to treat ADD and depression in your teen?
There are a number of ways to treat teen ADD and depression – although there are two main routes: medication or psychotherapy. Depending on the severity of the ADD or depression, the medical professional will prescribe a combination of these two routes to help treat your teen’s issues. Often medication is used to help smooth things over while your teen starts to get themselves back on track. It’s important to look deeper and decide whether there was anything in particular that was causing the depression, because without resolving whatever caused it your teen will be likely to fall back into it.

Have you dealt with ADD and depression? Do you have any advice for parents of teenagers who are struggling to deal with ADD and depression?

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