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Moms with kids who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are familiar with the worry and stress that come with a special needs child. A new study shows that they are also at an increased risk for depression.
The study was conducted by Dr. Louis McCormick, a Louisiana-based family physician. He asked for volunteers in his own practice and found that of the 39 mothers who took the study’s Self-Test for Depression, 21 had scores that suggested depression. Eleven fell into the “mild to moderate” category, five were in the “moderate to marked,” and five were in the “severe to extreme” range. The mothers were also interviewed and treated for depression when appropriate.
McCormick believes the stress of parenting an ADHD child creates situational depression. This is a type of depression that is caused by a specific stressful life event. Something like the death of a loved one or a divorce is typically associated with situational depression.
ADHD children show an array of symptoms. Many are loud, physically overactive, unpredictable, impulsive and incapable of following directions. They may be socially dysfunctional, alienating friends and annoying people who are trying to help them.
Treatment for ADHD is not one-size-fits-all and requires individualized attention, which also brings stress. The failures of multiple approaches can trigger depression as well, so the very process meant to provide a solution creates anxiety. As a mom with a child who has these challenges, it is important to realize there is an increased risk for depression and to be vigilant about taking care of yourself.
Source: Gloucester Times
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