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The Similarities Between ADHD And Anxiety

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Anxiety Disorder may appear to be two separate disorders. This can be supported by evidence provided by the following article. According to sugarbendcenter.com, “At first glance, Anxiety and Attention Deficit appear to be two very different disorders, falling in two very distinct categories. Anxiety (generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and/or social phobia) is characterized by chronic feelings of nervousness or worry (defined as more than would be expected for a situation or event) or fear without apparent cause, difficulty controlling the worry or fear, difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping, irritability, and physical complaints such as headaches or stomachaches. Whereas, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is depicted as chronic inattention, not giving close attention to details or making careless mistakes, difficulty sustaining attention during a task, difficulty listening or attending to instruction, disorganization, avoiding sustained mental effort, becoming easily distracted, and exhibiting frequent forgetfulness.” However, despite the above evidence Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Anxiety actually have some similarities. This article will describe some of the similarities of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Anxiety.

How Are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder And Anxiety Similar To One Another?

Believe it or not despite the distinguishing differences of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Anxiety listed above, these two disorders are similar to one another, as well. According to sugarbendcenter.com, symptoms associated with anxiety may include excessive worry, irrational fear, irritability, muscle tension, and headaches/stomachaches. On a further note, symptoms associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder may include chronic inattention, disorganization, carelessness, forgetfulness, and avoidance of mental effort. Now, where do the similarities come in? Well, if you think about it, these symptoms associated with Anxiety and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder both lead to distractibility, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, poor performance, poor sleep onset, as well as hyperactive/excessive responses to situations. Also, it is important to note, according to healthline.com, “According to the Mayo Clinic, ADHD doesn’t cause anxiety disorders. However, those who have ADHD are more likely than others to experience them.”

Conclusion

Therefore, on an ending note, Anxiety and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are two distinct disorders. However, they are similar to one another, as well. As stated in this article, despite the distinguishing factors of Anxiety and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, these two disorders both cause distractibility, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, poor performance, poor sleep onset, as well as hyperactive/excessive responses to situations. Anxiety and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are more similar than you think.

Conclusion

Therefore, on an ending note, Anxiety and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are two distinct disorders. However, they are similar to one another, as well. As stated in this article, despite the distinguishing factors of Anxiety and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, these two disorders both cause distractibility, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, poor performance, poor sleep onset, as well as hyperactive/excessive responses to situations. Anxiety and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are more similar than you think.

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The Similarities Between ADHD And Anxiety


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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Walters, L. (2019). The Similarities Between ADHD And Anxiety. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 24, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/living-with-adhd/2016/09/the-similarities-between-adhd-and-anxiety/

 

Last updated: 28 Mar 2019
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