ADHD Comorbidity

I don’t know about you, but I find the term ‘Comorbid’ a grim term. I am sure it would have been possible to come up with a more cheery description of an ‘individual that has more than one medical condition that exists both independently and at the same time.

However, regardless of the term, if you have Adult ADHD there is a 75% chance that you have another condition and that condition could also affect your attention.

Below is a list of the most common conditions that exist with ADD.

Here are the other conditions:

1) Depression
Struggling with unmanaged ADD is difficult so it’s not surprising as many as 16-30% of adults with ADD experience a major depression and 20-37% mild depression.

2) Anxiety
Statics show that 50 percent of adults with ADHD also have an anxiety disorder. An anxiety disorder could be Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Panic Disorder, Social phobia or specific phobias, such as fear of flying or fear of spiders etc.

3) Bipolar Disorder
Around 20% of adults with ADD also have Bipolar disorder. It can mimic symptoms of ADD and like ADD, it is heredity.

4) Sleep difficulties
People with ADD find it hard to fall asleep because their mind is working +++. They also find it hard to wake up in the morning and it takes them a while to ‘get going’. While Insomnia is the most well known sleeping difficulty, the other common ones for ADHD adults are Teeth Grinding, Sleep Apnea and Restless Leg Syndrome.

5)Learning Disabilities
People with ADHD have an increased likelihood of also having a learning disability.

6) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Dr Hallowell believes most people with ADD have a mild form of PTSD because if left unmanaged ADHD can mean repeated traumas, humiliation, rejection and failures.

Remember if you do have one or more of these conditions along with ADHD, there is good news. When you start to treat and manage ADHD, issues with these conditions very often improve greatly too.

Don’t forget to read more about each condition that interests you.

 

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