Many modern studies and research efforts have focused on comorbid factors between mental health conditions. Among the most commonly researched topics are ADHD, depression, anxiety, and how each of the conditions affects the others.

Links Between ADHD & Depression

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and depression are two separate conditions that can occur together in some individuals. While the relationship between ADHD and depression is not fully understood, research has shown that individuals with ADHD are at increased risk for developing depression compared to those without ADHD. Some possible reasons for this link include:

Chronic Stress

Individuals with ADHD often face chronic stress due to difficulties with attention, focus, and organization. This chronic stress can increase the risk of developing depression.

Low Self-Esteem

The symptoms of ADHD can lead to low self-esteem and feelings of inadequacy, which can contribute to the development of depression.

Genetic Factors

There is some evidence to suggest that there may be genetic factors that increase the risk for both ADHD and depression.

Neurotransmitter Imbalances

ADHD and depression are both associated with imbalances in certain neurotransmitters in the brain, such as dopamine and serotonin.

People experiencing symptoms of both ADHD and depression should receive a proper diagnosis and treatment plan from a qualified healthcare professional. Proper diagnosis can lead to optimal treatment plans & options.

Links Between ADHD & Anxiety

Individuals with ADHD are at higher risk for developing anxiety disorders compared to those without ADHD according to contemporary research. There are several reasons why ADHD and anxiety may be linked:

Executive Function Deficits

Executive function refers to a set of cognitive skills that are important for planning, organizing, and completing tasks. Individuals with ADHD may have deficits in executive function, which can lead to difficulties in managing stress and coping with anxiety.

Social Difficulties

Individuals with ADHD may struggle with social skills and may have difficulty forming and maintaining relationships. These difficulties can contribute to feelings of social anxiety.

Genetic Factors

There may be genetic factors that increase the risk for both ADHD and anxiety.

Overactive Amygdala

The amygdala is a part of the brain that is involved in processing emotions. Individuals with ADHD may have an overactive amygdala, which can contribute to the development of anxiety.

It’s important to note that while ADHD and anxiety can co-occur, they are two separate conditions that require different treatments. If an individual is experiencing symptoms of both ADHD and anxiety, it’s important to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment plan from a qualified healthcare professional.

Managing ADHD, Anxiety, & Depression

Managing ADHD, anxiety, and depression can be extremely difficult. The first step anyone needs to take before seeking treatment, therapy or training of any kind needs to be getting a proper diagnosis. Without a proper diagnosis, you may get the wrong type of therapy or be unable to find any treatment options (as not having a recorded diagnosis may lead to health professionals not accepting you due to a lack of information).

Once you have a proper diagnosis, there are many avenues you can take to help with symptoms. The best treatment plans usually consist of a combination of treatment, therapy, & training. Medication alone is often not enough to ‘fix’ the most problematic symptoms associated with ADHD, anxiety, and depression. Working with a therapist, your doctor, and specialists like neurofeedback training teams can help your overall treatment plan become much more effective.

Neurofeedback Training at NHA

Here at Neurohealth Associates, we specialize in Neurofeedback training. Neurofeedback may be helpful for training your mind, especially if you are unsure about putting yourself or your child on medication. 

This easy, noninvasive training can painlessly improve your mental health condition and outlook on life. Schedule a consultation with NeuroHealth Associates today and find out how we can help you.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

What Our Clients Are Saying

Julia W

Teachers made huge comments on his math skills and behavior. I also saw this at home with understanding of what I said to him registering more with him. I saw this in his eyes: recognition. Fewer outbursts of anger.

Anita M

I am extremely happy with my son’s outcomes and feel very fortunate to have encountered Dr. Bonesteel early in my child’s life. This method has dramatically changed his ability to focus and take initiative. I feel confident that my son’s life has been dramatically enhanced. I can’t express my appreciation fully in words.

Mary B

Dr. Bonesteel has masterfully, compassionately, and extremely kindly helped me navigate through a history of childhood and marital abuse, a child with twenty years of struggle with life-threatening physical and emotional illness, extended family discord, and disharmony with my child with severe depression. I am blessed to have found Neurohealth Associates.


Overall, excellent experience. Very happy with Dr B and staff is wonderful. We feel like we have our family life back!


I am very thankful this technology was available for my training. I was extremely satisfied with all aspects of my training protocols.




with the latest news and information regarding neurofeedback and brain health.