ADHD Comorbidities & Related Conditions

How can I be sure my ADHD evaluation also screens for psychiatric comorbidities?

Could you have adult ADHD? In this 8-part guide, you’ll find expert answers to the questions that will help you make key decisions about seeking a diagnosis.

DEPRESSION: What distinguishes ADHD from depression?

A: Depression is more than just an occasional case of the blues. It’s deep sadness and despair you feel every day for at least 2 weeks at a time… | Keep reading on WebMD »

ANXIETY: What distinguishes ADHD from anxiety?

A: When you have anxiety along with ADHD, it may make some of your ADHD symptoms worse, such as feeling restless or… | Keep reading on WebMD »

BIPOLAR: What distinguishes ADHD from bipolar disorder?

A: Approximately 20 percent of people with ADHD also suffer from bipolar disorder, characterized by depressive and manic episodes… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

MOOD DISORDERS: What distinguishes ADHD from a mood disorder?

A: Making the distinction between moodiness in ADHD, ODD, DMDD, and other disorders requires studying the mood’s intensity and… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

OCD: What distinguishes ADHD from obsessive-compulsive disorder?

A: Symptoms of OCD include recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions)… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

ODD: What distinguishes ADHD from oppositional defiant disorder?

A: Adults with ODD are more than just aggressive and irritating from time to time. They feel mad at the world every day, and lose their temper… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

FIRST-PERSON: “ADHD: ‘I Really Fouled That Up.’ Anxiety: ‘Hold My Beer.’”

“ADHD means I can’t be productive. Anxiety means I can’t relax. ADHD won’t let me resolve problems. Anxiety makes me think I have problems I don’t actually have. ADHD makes planning difficult. Anxiety convinces me I need to plan everything down to the tiniest of detail.” | Keep reading on ADDitude »


SYMPTOM TEST: Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Adults

No two people experience anxiety in the same way, however common symptoms do exist. | Take the self-test on ADDitude »

SYMPTOM TEST: Depression in Adults

Do simple tasks take forever to accomplish? Do you feel irritable all the time, or stuck in life? | Take the self-test on ADDitude »

8-Part Guide to ADHD Diagnosis in Adults, from WebMD x ADDitude:

DECISION 1: How can I better understand ADHD, its causes, and its manifestations?
DECISION 2: How can I understand the aspects of ADHD that might be new to my doctor?
DECISION 3: How can I improve my odds of an accurate ADHD evaluation?
DECISION 4: How can I find a professional to diagnose and treat my ADHD?
DECISION 5: What should a thorough evaluation for adult ADHD include and exclude?
> DECISION 6: How can I be sure my ADHD evaluation screens for psychiatric comorbidities?
DECISION 7: How can I be sure my ADHD evaluation considers look-alike comorbidities?
DECISION 8: Should I also be screened for the sleep, eating, or other disorders?