Anxiety and ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, often are co-existing conditions. ADHD is a psychological condition. The main symptoms are: inattention, distractibility, impulsiveness and hyperactivity.
While ADHD was once considered a childhood disorder, it is now known that ADHD continues through adulthood and many adults still struggle with symptoms. ADHD impacts many aspects of life, not just school. When ADHD symptoms carry over through adulthood, work and career is impacted. Social skills and relationships often suffer from emotional immaturity and underdeveloped social skills. In addition, the difficulties in paying attention and listening skills can interfere with communication skills.
ADHD has emotional characteristics and often people with ADHD feel emotionally overwhelmed and stress levels are frequently high.
There are also a number of shared symptoms and characteristics of ADHD and anxiety including trouble concentrating, problems in school, and trouble sitting still.
ADHD and anxiety are separate conditions, however, and your doctor should be able to distinguish whether you have ADHD, anxiety, or both. Your treatment plan should be developed based on your particular situation.
Healthcentral.com offers a great deal of information on ADHD and can help people to cope with the many daily challenges of living with ADHD. In working with healthcentral.com, I spend equal time writing for both the ADHD and the anxiety sites, trying to provide accurate and practical information people can use to enhance and improve their daily lives.
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