Although anxiety and ADHD may occur together, ADHD is not an anxiety disorder.
Sometimes, anxiety can occur independently of ADHD.
Other times, it can be as a result of living with ADHD.
If these feelings and situations continue, which they do for many people with ADHD, they can lead to an anxiety disorder.
Can ADHD give you anxiety?
The link between ADHD and anxiety
It’s estimated that over 60 percent of people with ADHD have a comorbid, or coexisting, condition. Anxiety is one condition that is often seen in people with ADHD. About 50 percent of adults and up to 30 percent of children with ADHD also have an anxiety disorder.
Does ADHD make anxiety worse?
People with anxiety and mood disorders are often concerned about treating ADHD because they think ADHD medications will exacerbate their symptoms, or interfere with other medications, like SSRIs. However, studies have shown that stimulants do not make anxiety worse when the dose and medication are right.
How do you treat ADHD and anxiety?
Some treatments can work for both ADHD and anxiety, such as: Cognitive behavioral therapy. Relaxation techniques and meditation. Prescription medications.
When you get treatment for ADHD, it can:
- Cut your stress.
- Improve your attention so you manage tasks better.
- Give you mental energy to handle anxiety symptoms more easily.
Which ADHD medication is best for anxiety?
Stimulants, atomoxetine, and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been advocated for children with anxiety and ADHD. Given the high risk of behavioral disinhibition with SSRIs in children,2 stimulants or atomoxetine are suggested as first-line medications.