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Can I Treat ADHD and Other Diagnoses at the Same Time?

If you have ADHD and another diagnosis, can you treat both conditions at the same time? 
 

 
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It's not uncommon for people with ADHD to have another mental health diagnosis. In fact, adults with ADHD are more likely to have other significant mental health conditions, like depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, compared to adults without ADHD. Healthcare providers call these co-existing or co-morbid disorders.
 
It can be challenging for healthcare providers to recognize co-existing disorders in people with ADHD. This is because many of these disorders have symptoms that are just like those of ADHD. For instance, depression can cause problems with concentration, anxiety can cause fidgetiness, and bipolar disorder can cause hyperactivity. However, all of these disorders also have their own unique symptoms that can help healthcare providers distinguish them from ADHD.
 
Recognizing and effectively treating other mental health conditions in people with ADHD is extremely important. Co-morbid conditions can influence which treatments your healthcare provider recommends, as well as how well you respond to those treatments. These conditions often impact each other in such a way that improving the symptoms of one will make it easier to treat the other. 
 
In many cases, your healthcare provider will treat your ADHD and other mental health illness at the same time. Most of the medications used to treat these other illnesses, such as antidepressants and mood stabilizers, can be used safely with stimulants. Your healthcare provider may also recommend other forms of treatment, such as counseling. If you're having particularly disabling symptoms from one condition, however, it may be necessary for your healthcare provider to prioritize treatment and focus exclusively on those symptoms first. 
 
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