When Anxiety Accompanies ADHD

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ADHD has lots of friends – anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, even asthma. ADHD never occurs by itself; it always has what is called a comorbidity or two with it.

Anxiety, in one form or another, is often present with Attention Deficit Disorder. It’s easy to see how one would feed the other; your life can become so chaotic with ADHD that it can trigger anxiety or anxiety attacks.

Here are some of the emotional signs of anxiety:

    A feeling of uncertainty or unease
    Feeling tense or jittery
    Expecting the worst – glass half empty
    Irritability, restlessness and trouble concentrating

Physically you might feel:

    Pounding heart
    Shortness of breath
    Insomnia or fatigue
    Upset stomach

A full blown panic attack might include:

    An overwhelming sense of panic
    Feeling or fear that you’re going crazy
    Heart palpitations or chest pain
    Difficulty breathing, a sense that you may pass out
    Feeling detached or removed from the situation as though you are watching a movie

A lot of people who have ADHD experience some form of anxiety. Often it’s mild or infrequent enough that you can just deal with it without any extra help.

If that’s the case, you can try things like good self care – enough sleep, exercise, a good diet, relaxation exercises, and yoga. Don’t overlook the positive effects of spending fun time with family or friends, and be sure to limit alcohol and nicotine. Both can make anxiety worse.

You might also consider things like soothing herbal teas and herbal supplements like chamomile, valerian, and passion flower.

If anxiety is more than just a once in a while problem, be sure to seek professional help. Anxiety can take over your life and keep you from having one. It can also feed into depression which will further impact your life in a negative way.

Although anxiety medications are often not effective when taking ADHD medication, it’s worth it to see a mental health professional to get treatment.

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Lacy Estelle

Lacy Estelle is the writer of Lacyestelle.com and the Podcast host for An ADD Woman.

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