Do people with ADHD tend to be more depressed than others?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may feel depressed because they have no control over their symptoms. They may become depressed over a period, especially if an individual with ADHD has experienced failure in personal relationships and/or at school or work. Usually, ADHD symptoms occur first, followed by signs of depression.

Some behavioral experts believe that about 70% of individuals with ADHD will receive treatment for depression. In addition, from 10% to 30% of children with ADHD have a separate depressive disorder that coexists with the ADHD and requires treatment.

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