If you have ADHD or know someone who does, you are probably aware that ADHD and anxiety are closely linked. But while many people with ADHD struggle with anxiety, not all do. Additionally, the reasons for the anxiety vary.
- Some people just have ADHD. It doesn't always come with anxiety. But this situation is rare.
- Most people with ADHD also struggle with anxiety because the symptoms of ADHD are anxiety provoking. People with ADHD often don't know how to begin tasks, forget things, and have trouble with scheduling. Trying to make it through the day while struggling in these areas is very anxiety provoking.
- Finally, some people with ADHD also have what can be diagnosed as an anxiety disorder. In this case, ADHD is likely not the only thing causing the anxiety. Also in this case, people don't only worry about scheduling, starting tasks, and being organized. Their worries are about a wider variety of topics.
Given that so many people with ADHD struggle with anxiety as a result of their ADHD symptoms, teaching them how to manage those symptoms (again, for example, scheduling, task initiation, and general organization) will alleviate some of their anxiety. For some people, that will be enough. Others may also benefit from psychotherapy and/or medication for ADHD and anxiety.