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199: Can Anxiety in Children Mimic ADHD? The Anxious, Unfocused Mind – Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge

This episode explores the overlap between anxiety and ADHD, addressing common symptoms, challenges, and how anxiety in children can mimic ADHD, leading to attentional difficulties.

Anxiety and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often overlap, resulting in confusion, misdiagnoses, and inadequate support for individuals struggling with these conditions. By acknowledging the complexity of these overlapping symptoms, we can foster a more supportive environment that addresses the unique needs of individuals navigating both conditions.

This episode sheds light on the common symptoms and challenges faced by individuals dealing with both conditions. Additionally, we delve into anxiety in children mimicking ADHD, exploring how stress and worry can manifest as attention difficulties.

ADHD and anxiety, their symptoms, and how to tell them apart.

To answer the question on whether anxiety can mimic ADHD in children, the answer is yes. When stress levels are high and worries abound, attention can suffer. Many individuals are misdiagnosed with ADHD when, in fact, it's anxiety that's the culprit. Thankfully, with advanced diagnostic tools like EEG brain maps, we can gain deep insights into what's truly happening in the brain.

Anxiety and ADHD are distinct clinical conditions, but they often overlap. 

Anxiety, characterized by persistent worry and often perfectionist tendencies, can manifest as an individual getting stuck on worried thoughts and struggling to complete tasks efficiently. This inclination towards perfectionism can result in repeated revisions and overworking to achieve desired outcomes.

On the other hand, ADHD manifests as challenges with attention, impulse control, and hyperactivity often persisting since childhood. It's common for individuals with ADHD to experience anxiety due to constant reminders of incomplete tasks.

Interestingly, both anxiety and ADHD can result in executive function issues and hyperfocus tendencies. The challenge lies in identifying which condition is at play, as they can overlap in symptoms and presentation. Tools like QEEG brain maps offer a deeper understanding by revealing patterns of brain activity associated with each condition

In anxiety, there tends to be overactive brain communication, leading to cognitive symptoms like overthinking and challenges in focusing, alongside physical manifestations like panic attacks and sleep disturbances. As for ADHD, it is characterized by symptoms that typically emerge before the age of 12 and may include signs of hyperactivity and impulsivity. However, it's essential to recognize that both anxiety and ADHD can coexist, complicating diagnosis and treatment. In such cases, a holistic approach may be necessary, incorporating interventions like neurofeedback, magnesium supplementation, and therapy to address both conditions effectively.

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For more information, you may check out the following:

➡️ Join our FREE Natural Parenting Community to receive science-backed resources for your child and family. Join here.

➡️ Get help from Dr. Roseann and her team. Apply here. 

➡️ “Is it ADHD or something else?” Take the quiz. 

Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge: Revolutionizing Children’s Mental Health

Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge’s podcast, It’s Gonna be OK!™: Science-Backed Solutions for Children’s Behavior and Mental Health, is in the top 2% globally. The podcast empowers parents with natural, science-backed solutions to improve children’s self-regulation and calm their brains. Each episode delivers expert advice and practical strategies, making it indispensable for parents of neurodivergent children or those with behavioral or mental health challenges.

Dr. Roseann, founder of The Global Institute of Children’s Mental Health and Dr. Roseann, LLC, created the Neurotastic™ Brain Formulas and BrainBehaviorReset® method. With her extensive experience, she provides families with hope and effective strategies to manage conditions like ADHD, anxiety, OCD, and PANS/PANDAS. 

Forbes has called her “A thought leader in children’s mental health,” highlighting her revolutionary impact on mental health education and treatment. Through her podcast and innovative methods, Dr. Roseann continues to transform how we approach, treat and understand children’s mental health.

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