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The Relationship Between ADHD And An Anxiety Disorder

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Is there a relationship between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and an Anxiety Disorder? Does a relationship between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and an Anxiety Disorder not exist? If you are deciphering between these two questions continue reading this article. However, first, if you are deciphering between these two questions, the answer is yes. A relationship does indeed exist between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and an Anxiety Disorder. This article will describe what Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is, what an Anxiety Disorder is, and how to distinguish between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and an Anxiety Disorder.

What Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

According to Healthline, “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is an ongoing condition that often starts in childhood and may continue into adulthood. It affects an individual’s ability to concentrate, and may result in behavioral problems.” The symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder often include:

  • hyperactivity
  • lack of attention
  • lack of impulse control
  • fidgeting and trouble sitting still
  • difficulty organizing and completing tasks

With that said, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder impacts individuals’ concentration and can lead to behavioral problems.

What Is An Anxiety Disorder?

According to Healthline, “Though everyone experiences anxiety once in awhile, a true anxiety disorder is much more serious and longer lasting. An anxiety disorder is a form of mental illness that causes people to feel distressed, uneasy, and excessively frightened in benign situations.” Symptoms associated with an Anxiety Disorder may include:

  • fear without apparent cause
  • irritability
  • trouble sleeping
  • headaches and stomachaches
  • trouble controlling worry or fear
  • insomnia

It is also worth noting that symptoms associated with an Anxiety Disorder may also result in occupational, academic, and social functioning.

How Can You Distinguish Between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder And An Anxiety Disorder?

In addition to describing what Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and an Anxiety Disorder are, I will also describe the distinguishing factors between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and an Anxiety Disorder. According to Healthline, “Though a professional evaluation is necessary, family members may be able to tell the difference between ADHD and anxiety. The key is to watch how the symptoms present over time. A child with anxiety may not be able to concentrate in situations that cause them to feel anxious. On the other hand, a child with ADHD will find it difficult to concentrate most all the time, in any type of situation.” Hence, one’s ability to concentrate is a distinguishing factor.

Conclusion

Hence, this article has provided the reader with a definition of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and an Anxiety Disorder. If you believe you are experiencing symptoms with one or both of these disorders, consult with your doctor.

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The Relationship Between ADHD And An Anxiety Disorder

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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APA Reference
Walters, L. (2016). The Relationship Between ADHD And An Anxiety Disorder. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 21, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/living-with-adhd/2016/04/the-relationship-between-adhd-and-an-anxiety-disorder/

 

Last updated: 14 Apr 2016
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 14 Apr 2016
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