A common characteristic of ADHD is a racing brain.
There’s questions around whether the racing thoughts cause anxiety or vice versa.
Either way it’s imperative to understand the role anxiety plays in ADHD. Cause if you don’t manage it it will sabotage you.
For example, let’s say you need to give a presentation and your head begins generating thoughts of all the things that could go wrong.
As the thoughts increase in speed and number you suddenly find it harder to focus. You drop your note cards and they scatter.
You organized them quite easily the night before but now you can’t remember the order. You know the drill.
The more anxious you become the worse your ADHD gets as you move along the fight or flight continuum.
It’s imperative to have strategies to calm yourself to decrease the affect of anxiety on your already fragile executive functioning.
Mindfulness has been a game changer for me. Having disciplined my mind to fixate less on stressful memories or worries in favor of the present moment has been transformative.
I’ve been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (around 5th grade). Being able to keep that anxiety in idle through mindfulness improves my focus and productivity.
You won’t get the maximum benefit from pills alone. Pills and Skills may be the answer. I rely on skills vs pills.
Bottom line, there’s mindset and lifestyle work that needs to happen to maximize anxiety reduction.
The more capacity from the executive functions you use best that you can muster, the greater your contribution and impact in the world.
We have work to do.