Reply To: My therapist says anxiety mimics ADHD.

Kevin Ju

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

When I first suspected that I had ADD or ADHD and asked for a diagnosis, I was diagnosed with general anxiety and chronic depression. I was medicated and given therapy for anxiety and depression for four years before the same specialists diagnosed me with ADD.

I didn’t even think I had any depression at the time. I could relate to anxiety but not to depression, but looking back, I have had good and bad years, and I have had physical depression symptoms that kept me in bed for weeks or even months at a time. Probably thanks to the meds and therapy I haven’t had fallen in bed for more than one or two days since I am on meds.