How to distinguish between ADHD and anxiety disorder?
April 14, 2010 9:58 AM Subscribe
How to distinguish between ADHD and anxiety disorder, given that they (a) are frequently co-morbid and (b) have overlapping symptoms?
posted by limon to health & fitness (13 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I've been reading quite a bit of the professional literature on ADHD, and the consensus seems to be that to qualify for a diagnosis, a person must not only exhibit relevant symptoms, but other diagnoses ought to be ruled out, too. It is apparently especially important to rule out anxiety disorder, since it manifests many of the same symptoms as ADHD. However, a high percentage of people who suffer from ADHD have a co-morbid anxiety disorder!
How, then, to distinguish between someone with an anxiety disorder, and someone who is ADHD-Inattentive type and has an anxiety disorder?