Depression is one of the most common issues which we encounter in our lives. However, most of the times, the root cause of the depression goes undiagnosed and we end up taking useless medication for an ailment which increases in complexity over time. ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder can turn out to be one of the major causes of depression and along with children this can affect adults as well. It has become important to understand how to deal with ADD and depression in order to lead a healthy and organized life and there are some simple steps apart from medication, which can enable adults suffering from both ADD and depression to overcome this ailment.
There are subtle signs which one can look for in order to understand if the root cause of the depression is due to Adult ADD ADHD or not. Patients suffering from depression due to an underlying ADD issue will experience and prolonged and regular sadness. Moreover, the organization skills and ability to maintain focus on one subject will turn out to be an arduous task. Those suffering from depression due to other reasons might also find it quite difficult to find anything around them as interesting and therefore, it becomes essential in both cases of depression to look for activities which will allow one to increase their focus and interest.
Those suffering from ADD usually tend to participate in too many activities without properly investing their focus and interest in any of them. Therefore, it is essential to commit to fewer activities in order to increase focus. For example, participating in multiple volunteering activities can cause more issues than actually increasing focus or interest. Thus, committing to only very few activities or in extreme cases of depression, in only one kind of activity will help in setting focus and concentration.
It is also important to set up constant reminders for different tasks which may require immediate attention. People suffering from depression and ADD tend to lose track of time and miss deadlines easily. This can cause issues in both personal and professional life. Thus, maintaining alerts on phones, calendars or even setting alarms on clocks to complete a particular activity may help maintaining a proper schedule. One can also ask family members or friends to supervise such alerts or ask them to remind them about certain deadlines in order to keep track of time and perspective regarding certain activities.
In order to understand how to deal with ADD and depression it is also important to join a support group for ADD and depression. Here, with the help of others, who are also going through the same experience, it will become easier to understand the exact condition and coping mechanisms which the others might be following. Simplifying items like wardrobes and closets will help in better organization capabilities thus allowing easier ways to make a choice regarding clothing and accessories. Moreover, proper organization reduces the risk of cluttering thus saving up wasted minutes which one can utilize in pursuing interesting activities. By choosing these simple steps it becomes easier to deal with ADD and depression.
Before taking any steps, be sure to consult with a professional. At times, the types of manic depression, and a combination of ADD and depression can seem very similar, so I professional can help you determine what is actually going on as they require different types of treatment and medications.