On the surface, ADHD and anxiety can look similar. It’s not uncommon for people with anxiety to be misdiagnosed with ADHD, or vice versa.
Take trouble with paying attention, for example. Both anxiety and ADHD can cause people to tune out and get caught up in their emotions — just for different reasons. People with ADHD have trouble paying attention because they have trouble focusing. People with anxiety have trouble paying attention because they’re distracted by worries and fears.
These two conditions are both caused by differences in the brain, but they’re not the same. And they may require different treatment. So if there’s any question, it’s important to be evaluated for both.
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