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How does ADHD medication differ from an antidepressent? My 9

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How does ADHD medication differ from an antidepressent? My 9 year old son has been on Concerta for 2 months but I dont consider him to be ADHD. I am on Prozac for depression and I believe his father is bipolar (and should be on medication) and I see some change in my son but think he may benefit more from an antidepressant.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Rossi replied 5 years ago.


ADHD medication targets the dopamine brain neurotransmitters where antidepressants target the serotonin and norepenephrine. That is how they differ. If he is not responding to the medication for his ADHD symptoms, what you're observing ex: inattentiveness, hyperactivity/hypomania may in fact be related to a mood disorder such as bipolar. At least, you would want the latter to be either diagnosed properly or ruled out. Consulting with another psychiatrist specializing in mood disorders besides ADHD may be helpful.