These are serious disorders that when left untreated can lead to even more disorders, such as addiction or suicidal ideation. It is important to seek out medical assistance if you or someone you care for are living with any of these disorders.
Treatment may include therapy, medication, and quite often both.
Keep in mind, depression isn’t the same as occasional sadness over events, such as losing a job or breaking up with a partner. Clinical depression is chronic and persistent and can hinder one’s ability to function.
Anxiety disorders aren’t the occasional flare-up of nervousness when faced with a challenge; they are debilitating and can make it nearly impossible to live in the moment or to enjoy everyday life.
People sometimes joke about being “OCD” when they organize their cupboards or closets, but it is much more serious than that. OCD is a series of obsessions and compulsions that often get in the way of everyday life, and can lead to depression, anxiety, or even substance abuse as a way of self-medicating away the exhausting obsessions and compulsions.
Likewise with bipolar disorder; it’s not just extreme moodiness (though it may appear that way to the outsider), it is a complex disorder that requires professional care, and often medication to keep it managed.
If you or someone you care for have successfully addressed ADHD symptoms, but are still struggling with any of the symptoms listed above, please seek out medical or psychological care as soon as possible. Treatment is available, and relief is possible.