At my wit's end

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    • #66978

      Hi all,

      I would really appreciate some support and guidance – although I realise that nothing can replace a diagnosis.
      Put simply – can anxiety mimic adhd?
      I have always been anxious, with some symptoms of forgetfulness, being overloaded easily and daydreaming as a child.

      My anxiety has worsened over the years, so now as an adult approaching 30 years old, I’ve been extremely anxious in many different circumstances.
      I’ve been told by a psychiatrist that my anxiety is the reason for my work problems: including memory trouble, disorganisation, boredom, feeling ‘brain fatigued’/exhausted etc. etc.
      I also have significant emotional symptoms (upset, frusration) which have been attributed to incidents in past / family upbringing.
      I often have strong ideas, and a very good grasp of overview (and occasionally extreme focus on detail), which do not seem to tally with the other quite severe symptoms. My general intelligence is good but expect it appears variable to others.

      Can it just be anxiety? Or a combo of anxiety and emotional instability? Is the feeling of overload simply the result of trying too hard and expecting too much of myself, letting myself be directed by others and not having a strong enough sense of security in myself?

      Or is that unlikely? Should I be chasing a diagnosis?
      Happy to provide examples of the ‘overload’ and forgetfulness if needed.

      Thanks for any help.

    • #67022

      Hi there!

      I am a mom of a inattentive ADHD teen. So, I feel like Im knowledgeable in my own right. When my son was diagnosed 10 years ago, I threw myself in to learning all I could about ADHD. I am also in the medical field so I have a base knowledge already. What I understand is that people with ADHD may also have other diagnosis such as anxiety, depression and/or OCD. Although anxiety may be a factor in your case, you must look at what is fueling the anxiety. Once you uncover that, then you can begin the process of finding your diagnosis and better yet your treatment. I would advise you to continue to see your psychiatrist. He/She can help you navigate through all of this. They will be able to recognize if you are in need of further testing for ADHD. Keep in mind that anxiety, depression, OCD are symptoms of something larger. Maybe it is a chemical imbalance, unresolved emotional issues, or another diagnoses such as ADHD (just to keep with the topic..there are several other possibilities that come to mind but I dont know your case).

      Its not that you are chasing a diagnosis…you are being proactive by recognizing there is a problem and chasing wellness. 🙂

      Wishing you the best

    • #67311

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