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What co-existing conditions commonly occur in adults with ADHD?

It'snot totally clear why, but adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to have difficulties with things like depression, sleep disorders, learning disorders, substance abuse and other types of addictions, as well as a handful of related mental health issues. So be watchful. Identifying and treating these related conditions will make it that much easier to manage your ADHD.

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Around two-thirds of young people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have other coexisting conditions. Common coexisting conditions include mood and anxiety disorders, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, tics, Tourette syndrome, and learning disabilities. 

When children and teens with ADHD have one or more coexisting conditions, it becomes imperative that the physician assess the different behaviors, make an accurate diagnosis, and prescribe specific treatment for each condition. Medications and behavioral therapy are shown to improve behaviors associated with ADHD and coexisting conditions.

Adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often have coexisting conditions that affect their health, relationships, and job performance. Common coexisting conditions for adults with ADHD include mood disorders such as bipolar disorder and depression. Anxiety disorders commonly coexist with ADHD and can increase nervousness and worry. Some adults with ADHD have borderline personality disorder and other types of personality disorders that make it difficult to establish meaningful relationships.

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