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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Both ADHD and OCD students report feeling distracted in class. For someone with _____________, this is most often caused by letting their mind drift to a pleasurable thought, like a recent sports victory or an interesting cloud shape out the window.

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  • ADHD
  • OCD
  • Either ADHD or OCD
A : Either ADHD or OCD
ADHD. Children with ADHD are normally distracted from a “boring” task — like listening to a teacher’s lecture — by something pleasurable on which their brain can easily hyperfocus. Those with OCD, on the other hand, are often distracted by anxiety-inducing obsessions, like a preoccupation with germs or the worry that a family member may die.