ADHD depression can be the result of the way a person thinks, ADHD medications that cause depression, spikes in the blood sugar from a poor diet, and a deficiency in vitamins, minerals, or amino acids. This list isn't conclusive of the causes of ADHD and Depression. Its the things that I have found to be the most prominent with ADHD and depression.
All of these effect ADHD childhood depression and adult ADHD depression.
Lets first talk about the way a person thinks. From my own experience and observations of other people with ADHD, we tend to be really hard on ourselves and find it difficult to let go of things. If we do something wrong, we beat ourselves up over it constantly. This could cause ADHD depression with the sense of constant dwelling on our failures.
Most ADHD medications are stimulants. If you look up the illegal drug, speed, you will see that they are pretty much the same thing. Speed causes insomnia, anxiety, irritability, nervousness, psychosis, and severe depression through withdrawal. The body is not made to have constant stimulation like these ADHD medications give. Its no wonder that these drugs can cause insomnia and depression. If you look at the Adverse Reactions of Adderall it has severe reactions on the Central nervous System: Psychotic episodes, overstimulation, restlessness, insomnia, depression, and on and on. You can read about them on the Adderall page which most of the stimulants have the same Adverse Reactions and side effects. So, taking a stimulant medication will require one to eventually take anti-depressants and sleeping pills. Fun, medications to counteract medications.
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The spike and drop in the blood sugar has a drastic effect on how a person feels and functions. So it is one of the biggest factors in-regards to ADHD depression. If you look up hypoglycemia, it talks about the blood sugar that drops and the effects are:
The other aspect is hyperglycemia, and the effects of that are:
Deficiencies in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids go along with an improper diet. People with ADHD have to eat a proper diet. Their body has symptoms which is the body's alarm system telling them that something is wrong. This alarm system should alert you to the fact that something needs to be changed. When eating processed foods, there is very little to no nutrition in the food and no minerals, amino acids, and vitamins. Without these essential nutrients, the body will have problems just like the symptoms of ADHD and depression but not limited to these.
When I started using the ADHD liquid vitamin and mineral supplement that delivered the vitamins and minerals to my body, I started seeing a drastic change in my life. That let me know that I was deficient in these items and also, the other products I was using, didn't give me the nutrients that I thought they were.
In Victory Over ADHD, Deborah Merlin talked about how her young son had terrible behavior and she didn't know what to do. She found out he was severely deficient in some amino acids. When she had a formula with these amino acids, it changed her sons life. So, it is crucial to have a proper diet and a very high quality vitamin and mineral supplement. Not all are high quality even though they tout they are. I have used some with 0 results.
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