The ADHD-Depression Connection

Presentation Date:  Monday, February 5th    |     Presentation Time: 4:00 pm EST

Depression is a serious mental illness, which affects about 20% of women with ADHD. Many clinicians either misdiagnose one for the other or miss one of the diagnoses when women have both. Having both is associated with more pronounced symptom severity.
This presentation will review the clinical presentation of Depression in women with ADHD and how it may present differently than what is seen in women without ADHD. In addition, we will discuss how rigid gender roles imposed on women, especially those with ADHD, can contribute to the development of Depression. Ways of differentiating between ADHD and Depression will be reviewed. Psychological and pharmacological treatment interventions will be reviewed.
About Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D.

Dr. Roberto Olivardia is a Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and Clinical Associate at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he specializes in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). He also specializes in the treatment of eating disorders in boys and men.

He is co-author of The Adonis Complex, a book which details the various manifestations of body image problems in men. He has appeared in publications such as TIME, GQ, and Rolling Stone, and has been featured on Good Morning America, EXTRA, CBS This Morning, CNN, Fox and Friends, and VH1. He has spoken on numerous radio and webinar shows and presents at many talks and conferences around the country, including the CHADD conferences annually.

He currently sits on the Scientific Advisory Board for ADDitude Magazine and serves on the Professional Advisory Board for CHADD. Visit Dr. Olivardia’s Harvard Profile to lean more about his work.