50% of adults with ADHD also have anxiety disorder.

Sometimes the fallout from the ADHD is creating the anxiety, while other times the anxiety is happening independent of the ADHD. While stimulant medication can be helpful for treating ADHD, in some cases it may exacerbate anxiety. A common treatment for anxiety is Cognitive Behavior Therapy. “Anxiety disorders and other comorbid conditions may come about as a result of living with ADHD. Having a comorbid anxiety disorder can make treatment more complicated,” reports the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).


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