Reply To: My therapist says anxiety mimics ADHD.

Kevin Ju

This reply was originally posted by user Gomorrah_vavakii in ADDitude’s now-retired community.

Anxiety and ADD mimic each other for me in the sense that they both lead to avoidance in some way. ADD causes avoidance in mundane tasks and anxiety causes avoidance of what I think I will fail at, or what I think will make me feel bad about myself. Nevertheless, they are very similar. One way to get to know what’s within is to ask: “WHY am I avoiding?” and being honest, accepting, and non-judgmental towards yourself.

P.S. I think a big part of Anxiety and depression are due to how outsiders react to us ADDers. The important thing to keep in mind is that our traits used to be adaptive through human evolution. It’s modern living that puts us in the situation where we feel like we don’t perform well, but that self-evaluation is based on narrowly standards of society.