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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is often linked with anxiety disorders. Sometimes anxiety can be overshadowed by the peaking symptoms of ADHD, but research shows that about 30% of kids with ADHD also suffer from anxiety disorder. 

A child that suffers from anxiety disorder is likely to experience heavy feelings of nervousness, fear and worry.Although suffering from anxiety once in a while is pretty common, those with anxiety disorders suffer from it all the time.


ADHD vs Anxiety disorder

If a child suffers from ADHD, it may be difficult to recognize the possible symptoms of anxiety. Symptoms of ADHD often appear to kids between the ages of 6- 12 and may also continue till adulthood. It can affect a child’s ability to concentrate and may result in behavioral problems like;

  • Hyperactivity
  • Inattentive 
  • Impulsive
  • Distracted


The symptoms of ADHD slightly differ from that of anxiety disorder. ADHD symptoms primarily involve issues like ‘Concentration’ and ‘Focus’ while anxiety symptoms involve issues with ‘nervousness’ and ‘fear’. Even though these issues are quite unique, they can sometimes mirror each other. Which can be very difficult to identify which is ADHD and anxiety or even both.

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Can we even tell the difference?

Although seeking professional help is advised, we may be able to tell the difference between ADHD and anxiety. The key is to keep an eye on how the symptoms or the types of ADHD that present themselves over time.

There are three types of ADHD that we should keep an eye on-

  • hyperactive-impulsive ADHD- We may see restlessness and fidgety behaviour in our child during all types of activities
  • ADHD inattentive and distractible type- We may see limited attention span, distractibility, forgetfulness, or procrastination in our kids.
  • ADHD combined type- We may see both inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity present in our kids.


Now how do we tell the difference;

  • Depending on the type of ADHD our child has, they might find it extremely difficult to concentrate most of the time in any given situation. 
  • On the other hand, if our child suffers from an anxiety disorder, they may find it difficult to concentrate or they may be nervous in certain situations that make them anxious or uncomfortable. 
  • If our child suffers from both, this may cause extreme conditions. For instance, anxiety can make it difficult for a child suffering from ADHD to pay attention and complete tasks.

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Treating these two conditions simultaneously may be difficult but it needs to be done through proper techniques, therapy and care. Empowerkidz is determined to help kids gain their confidence. With our major learning transformations, children end up more confident, which they carry with themselves throughout their lives.


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