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What is the link between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and anxiety?

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and anxiety are separate conditions, but for a lot of folks they come as a package deal. About half of adults with ADHD also have anxiety disorder. If you're one of them, the right treatment can improve your ADHD symptoms and ease your anxious feelings, too.

SOURCES:

National Resource Center on ADHD: "ADHD and Coexisting Disorders," "Medication Management."

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: "Adult ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder)."

Journal of Anxiety Disorders : "Genetic and environmental influences on relationship between anxiety sensitivity and anxiety subscales in children."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Anxiety Disorders and ADHD."

Medscape: "ADHD With Anxiety and Depression: What Drives What?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Nonstimulant Therapy (Strattera) & Other ADHD Drugs."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on September 28, 2017

SOURCES:

National Resource Center on ADHD: "ADHD and Coexisting Disorders," "Medication Management."

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: "Adult ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder)."

Journal of Anxiety Disorders : "Genetic and environmental influences on relationship between anxiety sensitivity and anxiety subscales in children."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Anxiety Disorders and ADHD."

Medscape: "ADHD With Anxiety and Depression: What Drives What?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Nonstimulant Therapy (Strattera) & Other ADHD Drugs."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on September 28, 2017

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