Wednesday, July 26, 2006

ADHD or Depression?

Experts who treat ADHD say it's often difficult to distinguish ADHD from clinical depression in girls, especially if there's no hyperactivity involved. Two other problems that exist are that it is estimated that ten to thirty percent of children with ADHD are also clinically depressed and there is no definite test to diagnose either condition. There are several ways to differentiate ADHD from depression so it's important to get a careful evaluation from someone that's familiar with both.
Symptoms of depression can include a loss of interest in activities, fatigue, insomnia or excessive sleep, weight gain or loss, feeling depressed for most of the day, and recurring suicidal thoughts. Primary symptoms of ADHD include inattention, disorganization, and impulsive behavior. Also, girls with ADHD can say why they are feeling depressed and girls with depression can't really give reasons why they feel that way. Finally, many with depression can remember when they felt better and were able to focus. Girls with ADHD are the opposite.

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