7 Natural Ways to Treat Depression from ADHD
Living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be difficult and can affect almost every aspect of your life. It is common for adults with ADHD to suffer from some other condition; depression being the most common. “Folks with ADHD struggle more than folks without it, and more than people with other mental health diagnoses,” says Ari Tuckman, PsyD, a clinical psychologist in West Chester, Penn. It is harder for adults because ADHD is there from childhood and never goes away.
If you are struggling with depression from ADHD, taking antidepressant medication is one way to help treat this, but the following are natural ways that could prove more effective.
- Spend some time in a therapist’s office. Recent studies have shown that cognitive-behavioral therapy is extremely effective in treating depression.
- Get a move on. Sweating a little could help relieve symptoms of depression. “The irony is that when you’re depressed you’re less likely to get up and go,” Tuckman says. But even 5 minutes of walking could improve your mood.
- Consider Omega-3 supplements. While research has not proven this to be effective, some studies have shown that taking omega-3 supplements can help improve ADHD and depression.
- Try an herbal treatment. In a review of studies, some suggest that St. John’s wort did a better job at improving depression symptoms than placebo and other antidepressants. It also had less side effects. However, just like omega-3 supplements, research has not been conclusive.
- Stay connected to friends. Forcing yourself to go out and spend time with friends will improve your mood significantly.
- Spend time in a support group for depression. Support groups remind you that you are not the only one feeling the way you do.
- Treat yourself well. For emotional and psychological well-being it is important to eat healthy, sleep the recommended amount, and engage in daily exercise. While these are not treatments for depression, it will improve overall wellbeing and help with a variety of problems from depression, ADHD, anxiety and others.