Is It ADHD or OCD?

The stereotypical signs of ADHD include hyperactivity, disorganization, and a general lack of focus. The stereotypical signs of OCD? Quite the opposite, so we don’t often consider these two conditions linked. But they are, and symptoms can overlap in surprising ways. Take this quiz to see if you really understand the difference between obsessive-compulsive disorder and attention deficit!

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A student has to clean his room meticulously before starting an important assignment. This is likely due to _____________.

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  • ADHD
  • OCD
  • Either ADHD or OCD
A : Either ADHD or OCD
Either ADHD or OCD. In this case, the diagnosing physician needs to figure out the reason for the room cleaning. If the student needs a clean room in order to focus, it may be a symptom of ADHD. If he needs a clean room in order to banish an intrusive thought about germs, it is likely related to OCD.