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
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.
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.