Anxiety and ADD —- Tip o the day 259

30-50% of us with ADD or ADHD have a comorbid anxiety disorder also.  Many people with anxiety problems turn out to also have ADD.  Anxiety alone can produce some of the symptoms of ADD, but I doubt if it can produce the whole picture.

Anxiety can appear as excessive worrying, physically (rapid heart beat, butterflies, tension), as social phobia, or as panic attacks (which are awful).

Causes: In ADD we may be using stimulants, such as caffeine, to feel better, or (Ritalin, amphetamines) which can cause anxiety as side effects. We can feel anxiety as pressure to try to get things done or as fear we will screw up. The genes underlying the disorders may be related.    Coincidence.

Strategies – 1. use strategies to cope better with the ADD or ADHD and reduce the stress in your life.  2. get help, therapy and/or medication.  3. eliminate caffeine, use medication if needed. (beware of benzos; totally avoid xanax/alprazolam, extremely addictive) 3. exercise – reduces stress and tension 4. relaxation tool – I recommend the breathing techniques. 5. meditation, yoga, prayer 6. learn to use positive supportive self talk.

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About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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3 Responses to Anxiety and ADD —- Tip o the day 259

  1. Pingback: Comorbidity ie More Problems — ADD Tip o the Day 321 | ADDadultstrategies

  2. this is a tricky issue, because caffeine is a stimulant and will increase anxiety, if that is a problem for you. if you are taking a stimulant medication for ADD, i think using it as needed and avoiding the caffeine will give you more control over your anxiety. are you using the caffeine for sleep apnea because you are sleepy during the day?? a better course might be to treat the sleep apnea. still , everyone is different. thank you for commenting.


  3. tommybabe says:

    Why avoid caffeine–because it leads to anxiety? I have sleep apnea, too, and so I often need the caffeine…I’d love to be able to quit, though….


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