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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When a patient has both ADHD and OCD, treatments for one condition can sometimes exacerbate symptoms of the other. In these cases, the best course of action would be to treat the _____________ non-medically, to stop the other condition from getting worse.

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  • ADHD
  • OCD
ADHD. Stimulant medications commonly used to treat ADHD can exacerbate symptoms of OCD, especially body-focused repetitive behaviors like skin-picking or hair-pulling. OCD is often treated with anti-depressants, however, which usually have no negative effect on ADHD symptoms. When a patient has both conditions, most doctors recommend treating the ADHD primarily with behavioral therapy.