According to studies, almost 50% of adults with ADD or ADHD also suffer from anxiety.
Since these disorders so often come together, they may make life very difficult at times. Luckily, with the right treatment, it is possible to learn to manage these adult ADD and anxiety conditions better, and have a healthier life.
Development of Anxiety
In most cases, the anxiety only comes after ADD, or is in fact a side effect of it. This is because people with ADD usually live with the condition for years without knowing it, and may develop anxiety and other such conditions due to the fact that they are living with uncontrolled health issues. This is why anxiety often clears up by itself when ADD has been properly treated.
The term “comorbid” means that two or more conditions exist alongside each other, but the one did not cause the other. These conditions may be caused by the same factors, but since the one did not cause the other, the one will not necessarily clear up on its own once one of them has been treated.
Since overlapping and contradicting symptoms may come about due to different mental health issues such as ADD and anxiety, an accurate diagnosis can often be difficult. This is why it is advised that you visit a qualified mental health practitioner if you fear that you might suffer from these or similar issues.
When anxiety coexists with ADD and does not resolve itself once the ADD treatment is under way, a doctor may prescribe medication. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, are most effective in dealing with symptoms of anxiety and have been used in conjunction with ADHD meds. Well-known SSRI meds include Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Luvox and Celexa.
Alternative Natural Therapy
Since chemical medications can often have devastating side effects, many people may rather opt to go the natural route. We recommend a healthy, low GI diet, like the Manna Diet, exercise (at least 45 minutes per day) and taking natural supplements like the Manna Blood Sugar Support to help control blood glucose levels, The Manna GUT Support to reinstate healthy bacteria to the digestive tract, because the digestive tract and brain are directly linked. We also recommend taking a product like the Manna Calmer (Adult or Extra) to control stress and anxiety the natural way without any side effects.