ADHD and Anxiety

What Is the Relationship Between Anxiety and ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and anxiety are distinct conditions, they frequently coexist in many people. Anxiety disorders affect roughly half of all adults with ADHD. If you're one of them, the right treatment can help improve your ADHD symptoms while also relieving your anxiety.

What to Expect When You Have ADHD and Anxiety

When you have anxiety in addition to ADHD, it can exacerbate some of your ADHD symptoms, such as agitation or difficulty concentrating. However, anxiety disorder has its own set of symptoms, such as:

Constant concern about a variety of issues

Feeling tense Stress Fatigue

Sleeping problems

Anxiety disorder is more than just experiencing anxious feelings on occasion. It is a mental illness that can have an impact on your relationships, work, and overall quality of life.

How to Tell the Difference Between ADHD and Anxiety

Anxiety can sometimes be caused by ADHD. When this is the case, your main concern is usually how much – or how little – you're able to accomplish. You're worried or overwhelmed by your ADHD.

When you have an anxiety disorder on top of ADHD, your worries are usually about a wide range of issues that aren't just related to your ADHD struggles.