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Q: For Teens with ADHD and Anxiety, Do Stimulants Help — or Hurt?

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Anxiety is one of the most common comorbidities in teens and college students with ADHD, especially for girls. More than half of girls with ADHD will have some level of anxiety.When I’m considering how to proceed with treating comorbid ADHD and anxiety, I always think: “What’s driving the bus?”[Read: ADHD and Anxiety – Symptoms, Connections & Coping Mechanisms]For some people, the anxiety is a true, primary diagnosis.

This would include cases where the anxiety takes the form of OCD or panic disorder. In those cases, I would likely start by treating the anxiety, and then move on to treating the ADHD.Then there are other situations where the anxiety may be directly related to the ADHD.

In these cases, the anxiety may arise because the patient is feeling out of control, unable to manage time, unable to keep all these different balls in the air.

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