How do severe depression and (inattentive)ADHD mix?
June 25, 2014 6:50 AM Subscribe
I know that ADHD and depression often occur together, understandably. But how does each change the way that the other displays?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (4 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I am mostly asking out of curiosity. I do plan on getting assessed for inattentive ADHD soon however this question is not necessarily about my diagnosis per se, though I appreciate comments on my situation as well. I have read that one of the features of severe depression is a slowing down of activity and movement. On the other hand, while inattentive ADHD does not have significant hyperactivity as a marker, there is usually restlessness involved is there not (due to lack of ability for sustained and directed attention)? So how do these two things end up going together?
When I was a kid I was severely depressed due to a very insecure and unsafe life. While I still speak noticeably slowly now when I was this depressed I spoke so slowly that all the kids would make fun of me for it. It was a thing to mimic something I said extra slowly and moronically and then get everyone to laugh about it. At this time I spent ALL my time laying in bed reading. I had a very undemanding childhood in the sense that we never had homework, I was in no extracurricular activities, no family or social events, I wasn't required to do any chores, etc. I was left alone to read ALL the time. I always thought that was why my (possible) inattentive ADHD was not "problematic" or didn't display during childhood ( I'll probably do a post soon on this but I don't want to go into my symptoms here). Because I had an utterly undemanding, unstructured life. Now it occurred to me that this might be something that sometimes happens with severe depression and ADHD. That the slowing down effect of the depression masks what is the more active or restless features of ADHD.
I know this is a subtle and nuanced question but I'm curious nonetheless.