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How is ADHD linked to stress?

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  • It's not surprising that someone living with ADHD might also experience excessive levels of stress. ADHD symptoms, such as trouble focusing, short attention span, hyperactivity, and poor organizational skills, can be overwhelming. ADHD symptoms can lead to frustration and feelings of loss of control and hopelessness -- a sure set-up for daily stress. ADHD may also be accompanied by other mental health conditions -- conditions that are also linked to stress including:
  • Depression
  • Negative thoughts
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty sleeping

Are these conditions secondary to ADHD or themselves causes of stress? No one knows for sure, but it's important to address stress, in addition to your ADHD.

From: ADHD and Stress WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Amen Clinics: "A Summary of Ways to Optimize Brain Function and Break Bad Brain Habits" and "Soothing the Brain and Calming Stress." National Resource Center for AD/HD: "AD/HD and Coexisting Disorders;" "The Disorder Named AD/HD;" and "Women and ADHD." Attention Deficit Disorder Association: "ADHD: Not Just for Kids Anymore."


Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES: Amen Clinics: "A Summary of Ways to Optimize Brain Function and Break Bad Brain Habits" and "Soothing the Brain and Calming Stress." National Resource Center for AD/HD: "AD/HD and Coexisting Disorders;" "The Disorder Named AD/HD;" and "Women and ADHD." Attention Deficit Disorder Association: "ADHD: Not Just for Kids Anymore."


Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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