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Question #41553 posted on 12/17/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I know you're not doctors, but is ADD often accompanied by depression? Specifically, if a kid is diagnosed with ADD (or ADHD, I can't remember what he said) when he was really young, like 5 years old, but never sought treatment or medication would it be accompanied by his being super depressed at times? I have a friend who is wild and crazy and he recently confided in me (and allowed me to confide in you) that he was diagnosed with ADD as a wee pup but never did anything about it. He has since developed a strong dislike for medicine and if he were prescribed medication, he wouldn't take it anyway. Conversely, he won't talk to a doctor about depression because he doesn't want them to prescribe medication that he won't take. He alternates between fits of absolute hilarity and fun to unbearable moroseness, is this usual?

- self-diagnosis runs in his family

A: Dear Self-diagnoser's Friend-

Correct. We are not doctors. I'm not even particularly well-informed about a lot of things, especially on the mental health side.

If I had to guess, though? Maybe bipolar disorder. He probably should see a counselor of some kind. If you're at BYU, it's even free!

We wish you and your friend well.

A: Dear Silicarous,

I'm with Foreman on this answer. From the way you describe it, it sounds like bipolar, which is often times misdiagnosed as ADD/ADHD.