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Is it ADHD, Anxiety, or Both?

ADHD AxietyOver half of individuals diagnosed with ADHD are also diagnosed with a second condition such as a learning disability, depression, oppositional defiant disorder, or anxiety.

Healthline reports about 50 percent of adults and up to 30 percent of children with ADHD also have an anxiety disorder.

If you have ADHD and anxiety, it may be difficult to know where one ends and the other begins as often the symptoms overlap. Both ADHD and anxiety can cause you to have difficulty paying attention, inability to relax, poor time management, and impaired memory.

It can become difficult to manage both conditions as the symptoms of one often exacerbates the symptoms of the other.

So what is the difference between ADHD and anxiety? They are quite different. If you have anxiety then you have a difficult time paying attention and concentrating on the task at hand because your mind is busy with anxious or worrisome thoughts. If you have ADHD, your mind can be very still and calm however you are very easily distracted.

ADHD’s symptoms such as inattention, failure to complete tasks, or poor executive function may cause anxiety in your child. It may occur often, or only during more specific times such as test taking or homework.

Since both ADHD and anxiety may have symptoms that overlap, you may find that increasing executive function and cognitive skills improves both ADHD and anxiety.

By increasing executive function, an ADHD child can attend to tests without anxiety. He or she can complete homework and not be anxious about finishing in a timely manner.

By increasing executive function, an ADHD adult can avoid procrastination, control emotions and attain goals.

Play Attention is a customized program that integrates NASA technology and cognitive skill training. Play Attention is designed to improve the cognitive skills that lay the foundation for strong executive function. Call 800-788-6786 or click here to schedule your 1:1 consultation to discuss your customized plan of action.