ADHD and Anxiety
People with anxiety and depression should always be screened for ADHD at the very least. The reason behind this is because people with undiagnosed ADHD have most likely learned to cope with stress in unhealthy ways. Imagine if you’re the kid that gets called on in class to answer a question but you got distracted by a butterfly outside. Now imagine this child living his entire life with micro-moments like that throughout the whole day.
How many times have you been questioned by your superior at work when you weren’t prepared? Was it calming? If adults can have anxiety over these things, think about the child that is just learning how to get through the mundane of every day but instead of being nurtured, she is ostracized. Is it so hard to believe that her thought patterns would evolve in such a way that she develops of very low self-esteem?
I find that many adults with anxiety suffer from mini-PTSD. They are always hyper-vigilant throughout the day and their coworkers notice this but they don’t know how to help.
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