ADHD is often associated with children. We hear about it all the time, but we quickly forget that those children grow up to be adults with ADHD. Unfortunately, adults with ADHD often do not receive the mental health care they need. Mental health takes a backseat to jobs, relationships, and financial concerns and often goes untreated and unmanaged. The CDC has estimated that 41 percent of adults with untreated ADHD are also at an increased risk for major depression. So how do you know whether it's depression related to ADHD or whether this is a new onset of major depression?
At Legacy Freedom we understand that there is more to mental illness than just taking medication and shouldering on. Our comprehensive holistic approach to Columbus ADHD treatment encompasses traditional talk therapy and medication management as well as added nutritional support and alternative therapies. This approach treats the whole person, not just the mental illness.
The problem in differentiating between the two disorders stems from the similarity of symptoms. ADHD and depression look similar to the untrained eye. They both bring on mood swings, forgetfulness, lack of concentration, and an inability to self-motivate, but there are a few small key differences:
- Emotions. Adults suffering from depression have long-lasting dark days. With ADHD patients, the depression comes and goes depending on what happened at work or in a certain life situation. One day they may be up, the next day they could be down.
- Getting motivated. Persons with ADHD feel easily overwhelmed by tasks. Often they are unable to complete these tasks or start independently because they are so overwhelmed. Someone suffering from major depression may feel like they physically aren't able to get up and out of bed on a daily basis.
- Goodnight, sleep tight? Most ADHD patients cannot turn off their brains. They lay awake making lists of what they should do and trying to organize their thoughts. A truly depressed person will wake up many times during the night and have anxious, random thoughts about small things. These episodes can lead to panic attacks or episodes of severe insomnia.
If these symptoms sound familiar to you then it may be time to schedule an evaluation with a therapist. Identifying whether it is more important to treat the depression or the ADHD first is critical. Medication may be a good way to treat both, but deciding which medication to start initially is something that a highly-trained therapist will be able to advise.
A therapist might also recommend CBT (cognitive behavior therapy) as this can help ADHD patients deal with anxiety. Some medications used to treat ADHD are stimulants and these have a tendency to make the patient anxious and depressed. Legacy Freedom utilizes a unique combination therapy approach that combines medication, talk therapy and alternative therapies to create a holistic care plan for our patients.
Affordable Columbus ADHD Treatment For Adults
Choosing the right therapist to manage your ADHD and depression is an important decision. Legacy Freedom of Columbus, OH offers a wide variety of alternative therapies that work with our medication management and talk therapy programs. We proudly offer acupuncture, equine therapy, yoga and adventure therapy to our patients as a way for us to help you accomplish all your therapy goals. Our focus is on you, the person. Your mental illness is just one part of you, we treat the whole you.
When you are ready to begin your healing journey, we are here to help. Our highly trained and professional staff of clinicians and therapists are ready to support your journey towards living your best life. Call us today to learn more about our Columbus ADHD treatment options.