I found a really good article and brief quiz from Diana Rodriguez at everydayhealth.com about the difference between AD/HD and anxiety. Here’s a small part of it:
Childhood ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a controversial topic that is still widely misunderstood. While some noticeable behaviors — such as the inability to pay attention or sit still for any period of time — could be signs of ADHD, there are also many types of anxiety disorders, which can also affect children in similar ways.
It’s not uncommon for ADHD to be confused with an anxiety disorder…because symptoms can be very similar. On top of that, a child can have both ADHD and an anxiety disorder at the same time, according to Matthew Jarrett, PhD, assistant professor in the department of psychology at the University of Alabama. Establishing the correct diagnosis for each child is key. “Approximately 30 to 40 percent of children with ADHD meet criteria for an anxiety disorder, but there are also cases where ADHD is diagnosed when an anxiety disorder may be the more appropriate diagnosis.”
Read the entire article HERE