Common Disorders Associated with ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has many symptoms, characteristics and traits of  several other mental health problems and disorders, and can be difficult to diagnose or treat as a result. Even if you or a loved one is exhibiting some of the common symptoms so associated with ADHD, the individual may actually have a different disorder. Different problems that have symptoms similar to ADHD must be treated with different types of treatment and need to be diagnosed separately.

Set up a consultation with a psychotherapist in your area to find out if you have ADHD or a related disorder. Only a well-trained and experienced psychotherapist can diagnose ADHD or other mental health problems, and create an effective treatment plan for you or your loved one.

Disorders Associated with ADHD

There are a number of disorders associated with ADHD, and even these can be difficult to detect without a series of tests. Some of the most common disorders associated with ADHD include:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder without Hyperactivity (ADD)
  • Oppositional-Defiant Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
  • Central Auditory Processing Disorder and Hearing Problems
  • Bipolar Disorder (also known as Manic Depression)
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Tourette’s Syndrome

Approximately 7% of individuals with ADHD also have Tourette’s syndrome. Signs of this syndrome include a spastic movement, making a ticking sound or shouting out words uncontrollably. These behaviors can make life very challenging and uncomfortable, and typically requires intervention by a trained psychotherapist.

Symptoms Shared with ADHD and Other Disorders

Anxiety and depression seem to be the most common symptoms shared with ADHD and other disorders. Still, ADHD is among the most complicated mental health problems because it can be difficult to treat with just drugs. Most people with ADHD need a combination of prescription medication and alternative therapies to help them cope.

Several studies suggest that between 10% and 30% of children who are diagnosed with ADHD and approximately 47% of adults with ADHD suffer from depression. However, in most cases the depression occurs after the ADHD symptoms become prevalent. People with ADHD may lose interest in their favorite activities, become more isolated, or start to push people close to them away. They may also exhibit some of the behaviors and characteristics associated with bipolar disorder or mania. Some noticeable symptoms include mood swings, aggressive behavior and even short periods of schizophrenia. (Source: Anxiety and Depression Solutions)

Some of the most common symptoms shared with ADHD and other disorders include:

  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleeplessness
  • Aggression
  • Speech and motor problems
  • Problems with cognitive processing
  • Mood problems
  • Emotional outbursts

If you suspect that you or a loved one may have a co-existing condition or mental health problem with ADHD, get in touch with a psychotherapist for a consultation. There is a full spectrum of disorders associated with ADHD but only an experienced psychotherapist can diagnose the problem. The more you can educate yourself about the problem and its effects, the easier it will be to find an effective treatment.