ADHD in adults is commonly associated with other mental health conditions, including anxiety disorders. This study, published in Psychiatry Research, sought to determine the prevalence and impact of anxiety disorders among adults with ADHD.
A total of 353 adults with diagnosed ADHD participated in the study. They were assessed for the severity of their ADHD and if they had a comorbid anxiety disorder or other psychiatric condition.
Ultimately, it was found that more than half of the participants had at least one anxiety disorder, with social phobia being chief among them, followed by panic disorder. Moreover, having a comorbid anxiety disorder was associated with a worse clinical presentation, including a higher rate of hospitalization and a lower level of education.
In closing, this study shows how vital it is that healthcare providers evaluate their patients with ADHD for anxiety disorders. Doing so can provide patients with the diagnosis and treatment they need and improve their quality of life .
Source: Quenneville, A. F., Kalogeropoulou, E., Nicastro, R., Weibel, S., Chanut, F., & Perroud, N. (2022). Anxiety disorders in adult ADHD: a frequent comorbidity and a risk factor for externalizing problems. Psychiatry Research, 310, 114423. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2022.114423