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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Individuals with either ADHD or OCD have trouble with prioritizing. For someone with _____________, this can stem from intense perfectionism and the need to do every step “exactly right.”

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  • ADHD
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  • Either ADHD or OCD
A : Either ADHD or OCD
OCD. While someone with ADHD may have perfectionist tendencies, it is often a symptom of underlying anxiety issues or a self-taught overcompensation for procrastination, not the ADHD itself. OCD, as an anxiety disorder, often plagues its sufferers with doing something over and over until it “feels right” — making meeting deadlines or setting priorities difficult.