ADULT ADHD AND DEPRESSION


Ardelle: Just in from the internet. Hello, welcome back to my channel. Woooo, Leo. I caught the bandit. He is running around rampant, distracting
me from the task at hand. Don’t you realize I have ADHD and it’s really
hard for me to focus? Wow. He’s really just tolerating this. He usually doesn’t let me hold him. It’s because he wants you to subscribe. Click the little gray bell down there to be
notified the moment we upload another video every Wednesday. Okay, are you ready to go? Okay. To start off, I just want to have the good
old disclaimer and say I am not a doctor. Obviously by the title of this video we are
going to be discussing depression. If you are suffering with depression and you
need real help, I am not a professional so please seek professional help. If you don’t have anybody that you can talk
to, you’re not alone, call a 24 hour hotline. You can call the number right here and you
can call them 24 seven. I just felt like I needed to get that out
of the way. This is a topic that is very near and dear
to my heart. It is something that affects some close people
in my world, so I don’t take this topic very lightly, although I do like to keep things
light like this room right now and like my face. Doctors oftentimes misdiagnose depression
for ADHD and the other way around, I can speak from experience. I was diagnosed with depression before I was
ever diagnosed with ADHD. I didn’t feel like I was fully depressed,
but I didn’t want to exit out because maybe I didn’t realize what depression really was. Maybe I did have it and I definitely wanted
to get out of whatever rut I was in. So I sought a doctor out, got diagnosed, was
on antidepressants. It wasn’t the answer for me and I didn’t like
the way I felt. I’d rather be my regular crazy than this new
crazy because let’s face it, we’re all crazy truly. About 30% of people with ADHD have some sort
of depressive episode or mood disorder and as many as 70% of people with ADHD will be
treated for depression. I obviously just very easily fall into that
category. So it is said that depression arises in the
correlation between the chronic frustration and disappointment that comes with misdiagnosed,
mismanaged or poorly treated ADHD. These disorders, although very similar are
so completely different. What are the similarities and differences
and how can we kind of compare the two? Both disorders bring mood problems, they bring
forgetfulness, an inability to focus and lack of motivation. Now I’m going to compare and contrast three
things that are similar and different between ADHD and depression. To start off, I’m going to dive into a little
bit about emotions. So in terms of emotions attached to ADHD,
a lot of times when you have ADHD it can cause you to get into these dark moods, but most
of the time it’s due to setbacks because of your ADHD. In contrast, mood problems associated with
depression can be chronic and it can last for weeks and months on end. So next we’re going to talk about motivation. Obviously when you have ADHD or depression,
motivation is not something that you’re really good at. For people with ADHD, motivation is more dependent
on what is stimulating you at the time. If something is interesting, if you’re hyper-focused,
if it’s something that you feel like you want to do, you’ll go ahead and do it if, again,
you’re hyper-focused. Now when it comes to depression, the internal
feeling of hopelessness just makes any task or any activity just arduous and laborious,
even tasks that they love doing or usually find to be fun or rewarding for them the depression
is too much that they can’t get it done. My last compare and contrast is something
that’s very near and dear to my heart because I relate a lot to the people that have depression. For the most part, people with ADHD, getting
to sleep is really hard because their brains are going a mile a minute late at night. It’s almost like they get a second wind that
keeps them up late at night. They struggle to fall asleep because they’re
overstimulated and waking up is really hard. But once you’re awake, you’re fine. Once your brain is activated and you’re geared
up for the day, you are good. For me, it’s once I get past that like morning
zombie phase, I’m good for the day. I don’t feel super depressed throughout my
day. But for people with depression, they tend
to feel tired all the time. So this is where I struggle because I do sometimes
feel tired, so I don’t know. And people with depression can sleep for 14
hours on end, which I’ve been able to sleep consistently for 14 hours on end and once
I’m awake I want to be awake. So I don’t like when I sleep that long. So for me, I felt like the sleep difficulties
for me personally with ADHD and depression, they were the same because if you have depression
and you have insomnia, isn’t that the same as the way people with ADHD struggle with
it? So this was something that I’m sharing with
you what I’ve learned, but I’m also sharing with you that I’m slightly confused of how
it was a little different or more interested. I’m just interested that there is similarities
and differences that are super similar and super different when it comes to sleep. So these again are just some of the similarities,
differences and connections between ADHD and depression. This is just the tip of the tip of the iceberg
of everything that I’m learning and everything that there is to know. So if you have any comments, questions, concerns,
or things that you can enlighten me with to help me better understand what it is like
to go through depression or what you experienced as having ADHD, do you find some of this helpful? Please let me know in the comment section
below. Again, thank you so much for watching another
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