With Adult ADHD You are 6 Times More Likely to Have A Co-Occuring Disorder!

Adult ADHD Blogger and up-coming author Jeff Emmerson has experienced anxiety and resulting depression from his ADHD behaviours.

Adult ADHD Blogger and up-coming author Jeff Emmerson has experienced anxiety and resulting depression from his ADHD behaviours. In fact, the co-existing conditions drove him to a suicide attempt.

By Jeff Emmerson

Today’s post makes total sense to me, but it was also an eye-opener, one that society needs to become aware of. Anxiety, depression and other possible conditions can easily present themselves during a life with ADHD. As I read last week, we’ve got a 6 times greater chance of a co-existing condition than those without ADHD. How important is this? Critical! After my near-suicide in 2011, I became painfully aware of what anxiety and depression were doing to my life. I finally saw the light: the behaviours I repeated every week were driving me to a gradual demise through self-sabotage. I ended up trying to hang myself, I’d had SO much frustration because of the God-damned adult ADHD I was battling, and it was time to end the “racing machine” in my head – suicide would finally put a permanent end to it! But then, I saved myself, and now I use that fierce determination to help raise adult ADHD awareness worldwide.

The hard part is getting diagnosed to start with, that is where 90% of people who actually have this condition are still in the dark. From there, awareness can be awakened as far as “what the heck are the other possible condition(s) I’m dealing with?” is concerned. The whole point of my working so hard to raise awareness and finish my up-coming memoir is to open eyes across the world so that the ignorance through a sheer lack of knowledge can gradually come to an end. Just the other day, I actually had a medical doctor say “I hope you overcome your ADHD, and let others know it isn’t contagious.” – What the hell? I still hope that wasn’t actually a doctor on Twitter, because that was an absolutely retarded thing to say to put it very mildly. Jesus, I thought to myself – “I have many years of work to do!”

Comic relief aside (that DID really happen, though), if you or someone you know has adult ADHD, please beware that there may be a co-existing disorder in your midst, one that may still be in disguise as ADHD. The more we raise awareness, the more lives will be saved, and the better people will live those lives with the education they need to truly prosper by managing any negative symptoms and making the most of their passions! That’s exactly what I’m doing now, and I promise not to stop as long as I’m breathing! This mission to build awareness for adults battling ADHD has given me a whiole new direction in my life – one which is so hugely rewarding and in honor of my brother Ryan, as well as my own near-death experience. Once you look death in the eye and sit right beside each other for a few moments, you’re changed forever. That I can tell you very clearly. I said no to death that day, thank God. Now, I’m going to help others to have their own version of an “awakening” through awareness, a diagnosis, and hope for an entirely new life, knowing what they will as a result of having their eyes opened.

3 thoughts on “With Adult ADHD You are 6 Times More Likely to Have A Co-Occuring Disorder!

  1. Jeff, How do you differentiate if you have ADD or if your behaviors come from being a child of an alcoholic family? After reading a book on a woman who has ADD (Zoe Kessler), I was convinced I have ADD. Now, my therapist thinks I should read about ACOA and AA and how this can affect one and them later in life. Is it possible to have ADD and have problems associated with being an adult child of an alcoholic? I wish I could get an answer from someone who specializes in it but I have had no luck finding someone to ask for some help understanding this. I still believe I have ADD as I also have anxiety and depression. Good on you for sharing this with the world and your story!

    1. Hi, Daina – I’m not familiar with ACOA, so I can’t speak to it, obviously, but ADD falls under ADHD now, it’s simply a variation as far as the latest “lingo” is concerned. As far as being the child of alcoholics, do you mean fetal alcohol syndrome, or something completely different?

      Zoe is a great person, and we have chatted a couple times. She’s definitely an inspiration to me for doing what she has (especially for women). I would say to get second and third opinions from psychologists/psychiatrists. That, and do more research on the alcohol aspect. ULTIMATELY, however, write down your exact symptoms and the behaviours that are interefering with your day to day success and enjoyment in life, and seek ways to manage each of them. That appears to be the real key here, whatever “label” we put on it.

      I hope that helps! We’re all in this together. Feel free to reach out anytime.

      - Jeff

      1. Thanks Jeff. If you do speak to Zoe, I would love to get in touch with her as she had a great psychiatrist to help her which for some reason did not respond to my phone call when I called his office? Not sure if he is still practicing? I will do more research and see what I can find. I seem very alone in this process as everyone looks at me like I have 3 eyes when I say I think I may have ADD. Yes, we are definetly all in this together. I will keep in touch. Daina

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