Not always easy to tell them apart
Whether it is ADHD or anxiety is not always easy to identify since the symptoms are remarkably similar and may even overlap in some instances. To get the best treatment, it is important to identify both conditions. Studies have shown that there is a definite connection between ADHD and generalized anxiety disorder.
What is ADHD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is an ongoing condition that often starts in childhood, and sometimes continues into adulthood. It can affect your ability to concentrate, and may result in behavioral problems, such as inattentiveness.
Symptoms can include:
- A lack of paying attention.
- Often fidgety and trouble sitting still.
- Sometimes have difficulty organizing and completing tasks.
- Acting on impulse which can to life’s problems.
ADHD can impact on your life in general, and potentially harm relationships.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is more than just occasionally feeling anxious. It is considered a mental health condition that can be long-lasting – and is serious if not treated. Anxiety can make you feel distressed, uneasy, and fearful in regular situations. The symptoms of anxiety are slightly different to those of ADHD, but here and there they do mirror each other, sometimes making it difficult to differentiate between the two.
Symptoms may include:
- Irrational fears where none exist.
- Depression which does not seem to go away.
- A panic disorder.
- Stress and tension.
- A post-traumatic stress disorder.
Severe anxiety can impact on your ability to work, have successful relationships, make it difficult to go about your daily activities.
How ADHD can affect your sexuality
ADHD can make you feel sad, angry, or lonely. These negative emotions can drain your energy, and cause you to lose interest in sex, which may put a strain on your relationship. These issues can make it harder for you and your partner to enjoy intimacy, especially if there are unpredictable mood swings which lead to arguments. However, always take meds as prescribed, and ADHD medication can actually help you to focus and improve your sexual responses. But if you do have sexual issues, and think that your medication might be to blame, speak to your doctor, who may be able to help you make changes that will make you feel better.
How anxiety can impact on your sex life
- Research tells us that many of the medications prescribed, such as antidepressants, are major culprits. One of the main ingredients in some of these meds is serotonin, which affects the neurotransmitters in the brain, impacting on behavioral responses such as sexuality.
- Anxiety disorders are driven by fear and a lack of self-confidence.
- Self-esteem also takes a knock, and this may lead to a serious case of sexual performance anxiety.
- One of the most common complaints is that while there is still sexual activity, it does not foster any, or very little, emotional intimacy with your partner.
As in ADHD, anxiety can also result in sexuality issues. Should you be concerned about anxiety-related problems, make a point to visit the doctor for advice.
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