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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Social troubles can plague both those with ADHD and those with OCD. For someone with _____________, this is usually due to missing body language clues and acting impulsively.

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  • ADHD
  • OCD
  • Either ADHD or OCD
A : Either ADHD or OCD
ADHD. Children and adults with ADHD jump from task to task and thought to thought, making it difficult for them to pay attention to subtle social cues or to be patient with a dawdling friend. Children with OCD, on the other hand, often struggle in social situations because their obsessions make them withdrawn. A child who is obsessed with being “contaminated,” for example, will find it difficult to play football with the other kids— making it hard for him to grow socially with his peers.