ADHD vs. Anxiety

While these two conditions may seem similar at first glance, they are as different as a squirrel on caffeine and a cat in a yoga class. So with a little humor, let’s get down to it.

October 2, 2023

ADHD: The Energizer Bunny on Steroids

Picture this: a squirrel on a double espresso, bouncing off the walls, and chasing its own tail. That's ADHD in a nutshell. People with ADHD are like the Energizer Bunny on steroids, constantly seeking stimulation and struggling to focus on one thing at a time. They have the attention span of a goldfish with short-term memory issues.

Anxiety: The Overthinking Champion

Now, let's meet anxiety, the overthinking champion of the world. If there was an Olympic event for worrying, anxiety would take home the gold medal every time. These individuals have a knack for imagining worst-case scenarios, turning molehills into mountains, and sweating over the tiniest details. They are the masters of "what if" scenarios and can make a simple decision feel like a life-or-death situation.

ADHD: The Master of Distraction

Imagine trying to have a conversation with someone who is constantly distracted by shiny objects, random thoughts, and the sound of a pin dropping three blocks away. These individuals have a mind that jumps from one topic to another. They can start a task with enthusiasm, only to be sidetracked by a catchy jingle.

Anxiety: The Perfectionist Extraordinaire

On the other hand, anxiety is the perfectionist extraordinaire. These individuals have an uncanny ability to obsess over every detail, striving for perfection in everything they do. They double-check their work, triple-check it, and then ask someone else to check it again. They are the kings and queens of "What if I mess up?" and "What if it's not good enough?"

ADHD: The Impulsive Daredevil

If ADHD were a superhero, it would be the Impulsive Daredevil. These individuals have a knack for acting before thinking, often finding themselves in hilarious and sometimes embarrassing situations. They are the ones who blurt out inappropriate comments during a serious meeting or impulsively decide to dye their hair neon green just because it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Anxiety: The Worrying Time Traveler

Anxiety, on the other hand, is the Worrying Time Traveler. These individuals have a remarkable ability to transport themselves to the future, imagining all the things that could go wrong. They worry about things that haven't even happened yet, creating a mental time machine that takes them on a rollercoaster ride of anxiety and stress.


In the battle of ADHD vs. anxiety, it's clear that these two conditions are as different as night and day. Both conditions come with their own set of challenges, but let's not forget to find humor in our quirks and embrace the uniqueness that makes us who we are. So, whether you're a squirrel on steroids or a worrywart time traveler, remember to laugh a little along the way. 

All jokes aside - what can I do about it?!

ADHD Interventions

  • Medication: Consult with a healthcare professional to explore medication options that can help manage ADHD symptoms. Stimulant medications like Ritalin or Adderall are commonly prescribed, but non-stimulant alternatives are also available. Our practice can provide a comprehensive assessment of symptoms to diagnose and recommend the next steps.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Engage in therapy sessions with a trained therapist who specializes in ADHD. CBT can help individuals develop coping strategies, improve time management skills, and address negative thought patterns.
  • Organization and Structure: Establish routines, create to-do lists, and use visual aids like calendars or planners to help manage time and tasks. Breaking down larger tasks into smaller, manageable steps can also be helpful. We’ve found Goblin Tools to be a helpful website/app using AI to break down large tasks and provide time management recommendations. 
  • Supportive Environment: Seek support from family, friends, or support groups who understand ADHD and can provide encouragement and understanding. Surrounding yourself with a supportive network can make a significant difference in managing symptoms.
  • Exercise and Physical Activity: Engage in regular physical activity, as it can help reduce restlessness, improve focus, and boost overall mood. Activities like yoga, swimming, or team sports can be particularly beneficial.

Anxiety Interventions

  • Deep Breathing and Relaxation Techniques: Practice deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, or mindfulness meditation to help calm the mind and reduce anxiety symptoms. These techniques can be done anywhere and at any time.
  • Healthy Lifestyle Habits: Maintain a balanced diet, get regular exercise, and ensure sufficient sleep. A healthy lifestyle can contribute to overall well-being and help manage anxiety symptoms.
  • Challenge Negative Thoughts: Identify and challenge negative or irrational thoughts that contribute to anxiety. Replace them with more realistic and positive thoughts. Cognitive restructuring techniques can be learned through therapy or self-help resources.
  • Time Management and Prioritization: Develop effective time management skills to reduce feelings of being overwhelmed. Prioritize tasks, break them down into smaller steps, and set realistic goals. Utilize tools like planners or digital calendars to stay organized.
  • Self-Care and Stress Reduction: Engage in activities that promote self-care and relaxation, such as taking baths, reading, listening to music, or practicing hobbies. Engaging in activities that bring joy and relaxation can help alleviate anxiety symptoms.

Remember, it's essential to consult with healthcare professionals, therapists, or counselors to tailor interventions and coping strategies to your specific needs. Each individual's experience with ADHD and anxiety is unique, and finding the right combination of interventions and coping skills may require some trial and error. Reach out to us today for a consult, assessment, and treatment options for ADHD and anxiety.

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