ADHD Increases Risk of Depression in Children

Eileen Bailey Health Guide
  • A recent study showed that children with ADHD have a higher risk of developing depression or attempting suicide. Parents of children with ADHD should be aware of the signs of depression. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry signs of depression in children can include:


    * Frequent sadness, tearfulness, crying
    * Hopelessness
    * Decreased interest in activities; or inability to enjoy previously favorite activities
    * Persistent boredom; low energy
    * Social isolation, poor communication
    * Low self esteem and guilt
    * Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure
    * Increased irritability, anger, or hostility

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    * Difficulty with relationships
    * Frequent complaints of physical illnesses such as headaches and stomachaches
    * Frequent absences from school or poor performance in school
    * Poor concentration
    * A major change in eating and/or sleeping patterns
    * Talk of or efforts to run away from home
    * Thoughts or expressions of suicide or self destructive behavior


    If your child is exhibiting some of these symptoms, you should consult with your physician and request an evaluation.


    For more information:


    ADHD and Depression


    ADHD vs. Depression in Children


    Treating Children with ADHD and Depression



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Published On: October 21, 2010