Simple Lifestyle Changes for Better Moods
Many adults who have attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD) also struggle with anxiety or depression.
Sometimes these co-morbid conditions arise independently of ADD. Yet they can also be the result of the chronic stress and discouragement that come from living with ADHD. In women with ADHD, sad, anxious feelings — as well as ADD symptoms — tend to increase during the pre-menstrual phase. Symptoms also tend to flare up in the years leading up to and during menopause.
What's the best way for adults with ADD to overcome anxiety or depression?
The first step is to make sure that you're getting appropriate treatment for your ADD. If there are no complications, having your primary-care physician prescribe stimulant medication can work very well. But watch out: ADD is a nuanced disorder, especially in adults, and many otherwise competent doctors aren't very good at determining the proper type or dosage of ADD medication.
If a primary-care physician has prescribed medication for your ADD but you feel it's not working well, consult a psychiatrist who is experienced in treating adults with ADHD. In addition to making good choices regarding medication, a psychiatrist may be better able to help you manage side effects and to determine whether you suffer from any comorbid conditions.
In addition to medication, certain changes in your lifestyle can go a long way toward alleviating anxiety and depression.
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