The overwhelming assumption about adult ADD and depression is that it might be a touch of over-diagnosis. Those who hold on to this myth believe an “alleged” ADD adult could actually maintain strong focus on the things that he or she finds interesting or exciting. As many who suffer have discovered, it is misconceptions like these that harm the most.
One reason it may be easy to write off adult ADHD and depression as a void in personal mettle is because it has always been assumed that ADD is a childhood disease. People believe that children grow out of it or that those who have not been diagnosed as children could not possibly have it later in life. Similarly, many believe it is a fairly easy health challenge to overcome for good. Both of these thoughts are dangerous assumptions.
Although many people self-diagnose as ADD, it is important to understand the myriad symptoms that could indicate the onset of attention deficit disorder. It is fairly common knowledge that most people with ADD have trouble concentrating and staying focused.
Other traits that accompany this inability to stay focused are: trailing off in the middle of conversations; jumping repeatedly from thought to thought or subject to subject without finishing any one completely; a seeming inability to finish any task; repeatedly failing to follow directions and overlooking details in work, which leads to a lot of mistakes; and difficulty remembering the particulars of conversations. Many of these habits tend to make sufferers hyperactive and impulsive.
One thing that is not often discussed about this condition is there is also a tendency to get hyper-fixated on a single task or event that feels exciting. People in hyperfocus mode tune everything and everyone around them out, lose track of time and disregard important responsibilities.
ADD can begin to escalate to or co-exist with depression when there has been an established pattern of forgetfulness, tardiness, missing important meetings or appointments or excessive talkativeness. People who interact with the ADD adult and do not understand what is happening can grow intolerant. Ultimately, this leads to many feelings of inadequacy, embarrassment and lowered self-esteem. So, the problem has potential negative impact for employment, relationships, physical and mental health and financial matters.
Experts advise those struggling with adult ADD and depression to get plenty of sleep and exercise and to eat properly. Most people have been able to lead happy, productive lives when they connect with others who are coping with the same condition or with organizations that offer support. For those who tend to miss deadlines and appointments, there are many tools available to assist with reminders — even mobile phones that can alarm days or hours before a deadline.
The key to finding balance is to be proactive about building an emotional support and resource network for yourself and always know that you are never alone.