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posted: Sunday March 23rd - 9:51pm

Is It ADHD or Anxiety Disorder?

Is ADHD often misdiagnosed when the problem is anxiety? What should a professional treat first— anxiety or ADHD—if you have both?

You ask good questions. When someone experiences anxiety, he or she might be restless and have difficulty staying on task and focusing. If someone has ADHD, he or she might be very active and appear to have a short attention span, resulting in difficulty staying on task and focusing. Both conditions show evidence of being overactive as well as inattentive. The key to differentiating the two...
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