Both attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and anxiety disorders can make it difficult to focus on a task, focus on a conversation, or even regulate your emotional response to common daily stressors. There are overlapping symptoms and behaviors for both, but they feel very different. Also, symptoms can overlap and anxiety can exacerbate symptoms of ADHD.
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According to dual board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Kristy Lamb, “when we are anxious, ADHD symptoms can be worse.” In this enlightening interview video, MedCircle host Kyle Kittleson and Dr. Kristy Lamb break down ADHD and anxiety. If you’ve asked yourself, “is it ADHD or anxiety?” then here is the true difference & overlap you need to know.
01:32 ADHD vs anxiety first steps
02:25 Physiological signs of each
03:16 When it’s anxiety, not ADHD
04:20 How to turn nervousness into excitement
06:36 Is an adult more likely to have ADHD or anxiety?
08:06 Does ADHD or anxiety cause lack of concentration
10:30 The most common difference between ADHD and anxiety
11:17 Immediate strategies for ADHD and/or anxiety