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ADD and Depression, how to tell the difference...

Posted by Janice on October 21, 1999, at 14:08:48

I find it very difficult to tell the difference between these two disorders. They both seem to make me miserable. Can anyone help me distinguish between the two disorders by their symptoms; not the external symptoms we read about in the books but more the internal symptoms that we, as individuals, experience.

I'm just copying this list I quickly wrote last night on the differences I've noticed so far.

Qualities I attribute to my ADD
*self-torturous thoughts (similar to anxiety)
*I always feel stuffed full (I think people who suffer from depression feel empty)
*unable to relax
*extremely poor time management skills. never feel like I've gotten anything done.
*oblivious to gossip
*don't/can't do small talk
*never at peace
*EXCITABLE (emotionally)
*serious troubles with boring things.
*rely on external structures for structure - internal chaos.
*desire to always make fun of everything
*thoroughly and completely enjoy acting silly.
*experience times when I can't control myself, & then feel shame.
*and a very obvious one probably, troubles spelling.

Symptoms I attribute to Depression

*flu like symptoms (fever, aches and pains)
*not being able to get out of bed
*comes with anxiety and OCD type thoughts (i.e., I cannot be late for anything, not even 2 seconds)

Okay, please contribute to my list (semi-spontaneous, very unscientific). Here are some questions? Is motivation related to depression and ADD. What about goals, do both groups of people have troubles with goals? Are these two disorders (I know they are often found in the same individuals) biologically similar? Are the symptoms I wrote under ADD also symtoms of depression. Can depressed people relax? Thanks again everyone. still thinking about why i feel so ugly, Janice. I half wondering if I could be a bit depressed...could explain why I am on this board.




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