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Re: Distinguishing between ADD and Depression/anxiety falconman

Posted by Ritch on March 11, 2003, at 23:37:23

In reply to Distinguishing between ADD and Depression/anxiety, posted by falconman on March 11, 2003, at 22:32:15

> Due to the fact that many diagnoses share similar symptoms, it can be extremely difficult to distinguish between illnesses. I have been diagnosed with social phobia and depression, however I seem to fit the diagnostic criteria for ADD almost too well. It seems reasonable that my depression and SP could be caused by ADD, and that this is my primary problem. I'm also aware that I could have 2 or 3 diagnoses simultaneously.
> Its all extremely confusing! This is where I need your help.
> What are the best questions I can ask myself with regards sorting out this puzzle? What are the best indicators that point specifically to ADD alone?
> Over the last 5 years I've seen many pdocs and none of them have ever tried me on a stimulant or mentioned the possibility of ADD. Are people with ADD commonly misdiagnosed? I've been on many meds over this period, of which none have offered me any real relief. It seems to make sense that I have been receiving treatment for the wrong disorders.
> Thanks to anyone that responds
> peace

Anxiety can cause increased distractability and absent-mindedness. So, the anxiety disorder could be the genesis of the ADD symptoms. It seems that GAD (worrying-negative rumination about the future) is most often associated with ADD symptoms from what I have read here over time. Also, depression can cause a lot of cognitive dysfunction. If depression is untreated you may have ADD symptoms as a result. A stimulant can be a worthwhile diagnostic tool.




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