Living with Adult ADHD and Depression Interview

December 13, 2009 Amanda_HP

For blogger, Douglas Cootey, living with adult ADHD and depression has been extremely difficult. Watch his story of living with adult ADHD and depression.

Like most psychiatric disorders, Adult ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) doesn't travel alone. As HealthyPlace Medical Director, Dr. Harry Croft, mentions in this week's blog post, many adults with ADHD also suffer with depression, substance abuse and other conditions.

There are two types of depression that can exist with ADHD; primary and secondary depression. The risk for primary depression seems to be inherited and doesn't need any specific circumstances, like a job loss or relationship breakup, to make its appearance. Major depression tends to run in families.

In other cases, depression arising as a direct consequence of the difficulties of living with ADHD is said to be secondary to ADHD. As you can imagine, many children with ADHD grow up with poor self-esteem and in their later years come to accept the idea they are lazy and stupid. This especially applies to those who weren't correctly diagnosed or treated for ADHD in childhood. It's no wonder that as adults, they are suffering with depression too.

Living with ADHD and Depression: Our Guest

The effect of all this on his life has been profound. It took 10-years, but Douglas, who has developed a keen sense of humor, has found some helpful ways of coping. We'll be discussing those on Tuesday's HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show.

Douglas Cootey writes an insightful blog on the subject entitled A Splintered Mind. He's a 42-year old stay-at-home dad caring for four girls. Living with ADHD and depression makes it difficult for him to work. His illnesses are complicated by the fact that early on, he was given Desoxyn to help treat his ADHD and depression. A rare side-effect of the stimulant, Desoxyn, is Chronic Motor Tic Disorder, similar to Tourette Syndrome. He has that too.

About the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show

The HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show airs live on Tuesday night at 5:30 pm PST, 7:30 pm CST, and 8:30 pm EST. Our guest will be taking your questions.

If you miss the live show, you can watch it on demand at Adult ADHD and Depression.

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Amanda_HP (2009, December 13). Living with Adult ADHD and Depression Interview, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, April 13 from

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