Is There A Connection Between Add And/or Depression And Growth Hormone Deficiency?

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Is There A Connection Between Add And/or Depression And Growth Hormone Deficiency?

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Carolina

Thank you for your question and welcome to ADHDCentral.com.

I wasn't sure of your answer and so I went searching to find out if there is a connection. According to Dr. Marina Johnson "Most recently, growth hormone deficiency, has been recognized as a factor which can lead to depression. Heretofore, it was believed that growth hormone was only needed in children to regulate growth, hence the name. Growth hormone levels tend to decline with aging and this phenomenon may be related to the increased incidence of depression seen in older individuals. Other symptoms of growth hormone deficiency include fatigue, insomnia, muscle loss or weakness, sagging facial muscles, and a protuberant belly with increased abdominal fat."

In additon, hormonal imbalances, especially in women, can lead to memory problems or other symptoms that can be similar to ADHD or can worsen symptoms of ADHD. See: Hormones and ADHD

I hope this helps

Eileen