Anxiety and ADHD

ADHD and Anxiety

Anxiety and ADHD show up in your life in a variety of ways, some more obvious than others.

The two  go together like peanut butter and jelly whether we like it or not. Even if you aren’t feeling it, anxiety is always there like a rip current ready to pull you under.

This is actually the podcast version of a prior post.

I’m not trying to be dramatic, but I want to be clear that untreated anxiety, much like untreated ADHD, can be very serious.

If you have ADHD, you’ve probably developed some strategies to help you “perform” in your daily life. But did you know that some of the compensatory strategies we develop actually increase our anxiety?

You might be walking around seeing the world through the filter of anxiety and not even realize how it affects your mood, your relationships, even your work.

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, I decided to revisit and expand upon my written post on the subject.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Several examples of how ADHD and anxiety show up in my life
  • The connection between anxiety and hypersensitivity
  • Perfectionism
  • Negative ruminations
  • Avoidant behaviors that signal anxiety
  • Fear of negative feedback

I also explain my theory on, “future tripping” and why dwelling too much on the past OR the future can also increase our anxiety.

Here is a link to my article on Cognitive Distortions and ADHD

 

 

Links I mention in this episode (affiliate. see my full disclosure)

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