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ADHD manifests itself in several ways. Its adverse effects include forgetfulness, being disorganized, low self-esteem, and addictive tendencies. In adults, these effects can result in physical, mental, financial, and career hardships. Although ADHD and anxiety are independent conditions, some of their symptoms and outcomes overlap.

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What’s the Relationship Between Anxiety and ADHD?

It’s not uncommon for ADHD patients to suffer from other mental health conditions such as anxiety attacks. If you have either disorder, your physician might have to do thorough tests to determine the exact one. That’s because they share symptoms such as restlessness and lack of focus.

Anxiety can have a huge impact on how you manage your ADHD. If you miss a deadline or feel embarrassed in public, the resulting emotions might get extreme to the point of causing anxiety. Sometimes, mere thoughts about such negative situations might be enough to trigger anxiety attacks.

Shared signs and symptoms include fidgeting, low attention spans, low morale, procrastination, and difficulty in social settings. These could lead to irritability, aggression, lying, and a complete withdrawal from society. Although anxiety and ADHD have similarities, it’s also possible to tell them apart.

The main symptoms of anxiety are worrying and fear, while that of ADHD is a lack of focus. If you suffer from anxiety, you might have perfectionist or compulsive tendencies, which are not apparent in ADHD patients.

Anxiety disorder also causes you to lose focus during specific situations, while with ADHD the lack of concentration occurs in several random circumstances. Although you might be able to differentiate the two disorders, you should visit a qualified physician for a professional diagnosis.

 

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Symptoms of Anxiety Among ADHD Patients

 

What Emotions Prompt Anxiety in ADHD Patients?

If you have ADHD, the following feelings are likely to cause anxiety attacks:

1. Anger

This emotion causes dislike towards a person or thing you think is responsible for your circumstances. Most times, it concerns a past event that you believe shouldn’t have occurred. It can also arise due to the frustration that your ADHD symptoms cause.

You might find yourself getting angry for apparently no reason. However subtle they are, there are always signs that your irritability is growing. The main signs include major life changes, lack of sleep, feeling like you’re losing control, embarrassment, and self-medication. You could also feel anger because you feel hurt or betrayed.

Some of these symptoms are consistent with ADHD. One needs to manage his/her ADHD, it could lead to anxiety disorder.

2. Fear

Your mind primarily deals with perceived threats through fear. It can either result in or be triggered by anxiety. Although sometimes this emotion occurs when you’re in real danger, it could also be the result of exaggerated or imagined danger.

If you have ADHD, you might also develop a phobia of going out or engaging in social interactions. That’s because you’re afraid your fidgeting, lack of focus, and other symptoms may embarrass you. You have every right to be concerned, but giving these feelings too much weight results in anxiety, which is counterproductive to your mental health.

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3. Sadness

Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and dullness could point to depression. They could be caused by the struggle ADHD patients go through while trying to maintain their focus. Although once in a while we all experience such feelings, if they keep recurring then they could also be a sign of anxiety.

These two disorders often go hand in hand. Depression is more likely to make you anxious, while anxiety is also likely to make you feel depressed. If you suffer both, your physician can develop a plan to treat them at the same time. Other than talk therapy, they can prescribe antidepressants that tackle both anxiety and depression symptoms.

4. Surprise

Preparation is a key element of confidence and success. Being caught unawares is a sure recipe for anxiety, especially if you already have ADHD. An example is being suddenly asked to make a public presentation that you’re not prepared for. Even the most confident public speakers need time to rehearse their speech. Being thrust in the limelight without warning can make you nervous to the point of triggering anxiety.

 

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How Emotions Contribute to Anxiety?

 

5. Disgust

This emotional response is an expression of revulsion to something you consider unpleasant, offensive, or distasteful. Although primarily caused by perceived or imagined taste, it can also result from smell, touch, and vision. If you come across something that you have a phobia of, these senses help your brain identify it.

Once you realize the smell, item, or sight represents a repulsive idea, the result might be anxiety. It could get worse if you have ADHD because the disorder already causes some irrational reactions.

 

At EZCare Clinic, we have a thorough understanding of the interconnection between various emotions and mental disorders. Our highly qualified and fully licensed physicians also have a wealth of experience in treating these conditions. Because ADHD rarely occurs in isolation, you need a meticulous diagnosis and treatment plan. Please contact us today for more details.

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Working remotely can help you if you as a patient of ADHD. However, the challenge comes when all other family members are home and you cannot concentrate on a single task. If you live alone at home, there will be no co-workers making noise in the background or tapping you to attention just when you started concentrating on a task. Family members can also be a distraction, so you need to ensure your home office is conducive to work.
Working at home requires stellar focus, organization, and time management. These are skills that patients of ADHD lack. Your boss and your colleagues might motivate you at the workplace, but at home, you are left to your element. Granted, you have to learn to self-motivate and self-direct. Below are tips to help you focus on tasks while telecommuting.

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Set Up a Quiet Workspace

Even if you live alone with no spouse, children, or pets, there are still lots of distractions in your home, there are still lots of distractions. Your favorite shows on TV, your phone, texts from friends, the internet, and social media are all distractions.
To avoid these distractions, set up an office in the quietest room in your home. This room should be free of distractions. Your study or a home office can help. If you live with your family, put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door. Let your family understand when you are busy.
If you prefer background noise, you can play soft music or turn on a fan. Ensure your desk is free of clutter as this makes you more productive. You can improve your focus on tasks by changing positions while working. Start by having a standing desk to avoid sitting all day to get rid of anxiety. 

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Why ADHD Patients Find it Difficult to Work Remotely?

 

Create a Schedule and Follow It Strictly

A work schedule helps you stay focused and organized and keeps anxiety away. Although you do not have to wake up at 6 like you would while working from the office, you still need to maintain a schedule every day.
For starters, dress up for work every morning. It puts you in the right frame for a workday and also makes you presentable on video calls. You can still have your sleeping pants on but a decent shirt or blouse comes in handy.
In your schedule, including time for tea and lunch breaks. Also, schedule time to walk out and enjoy the fresh air outside as you stretch your muscles. Working from home is not a ticket to work late every day, set your end time to create a boundary between home and work.

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Use Planning and Organization Tools

You can create a daily to-do list. You can also put sticky notes as reminders on your computer. You can also use apps on your computer or smartphone such as Google Calendar.
If you have upcoming meetings and deadlines to meet, set reminders on your smartphone or computer calendar to ensure you do not forget. When setting reminders set for meetings and deadlines set them a day earlier. If you are setting reminders for other events, set them an hour earlier to have enough time to prepare and ditch the worry of compulsive behavior.
Every morning before you start your tasks, look at your schedule, and create a to-do list. Break up your work into small manageable chunks and set a time for each task. If there is a task that you did not do at the end of the day, update your list.

 

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Take One Task at a Time

Focus is a challenge when you have ADHD. You need to take one task at a time and complete it before moving to the next task. When you multitask, you might end up not completing any task at the end of the day. You could also lose focus and work slower than your schedule requires. This is when you might start working late or working on weekends. This will interfere with your home life and take away your leisure time.
When working, use a timer so you can complete tasks on time. For instance, you can power down on a project for 45 minutes and then take a 10 minutes break. Ensure that the amount of time you set for a task is enough to complete a significant portion of the project.

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Stay In Touch With Colleagues and Take Your Meds

Even though you may not be meeting your colleagues physically, you need to stay connected with your co-workers and your manager. Make regular calls when you need clarification on tasks, attend all conference calls, and talk through emails and texts. Constant communication helps not feel isolated and gives you the motivation you need to carry on the tasks. You also need to take your ADHD medicine as prescribed.
Conclusion
If you have trouble concentrating even on the smallest tasks, you can walk into EZ Care Clinic in San Francisco. You can also schedule an appointment online and we will help you through it. Regardless of the stage of your ADHD, EZ Care Clinic has you covered.

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Emotional dysregulation is a significant hallmark of ADHD. If you have ADHD, you experience emotions, just like another person. However, emotions may be more intense than other people and may also last longer and occur more frequently.

Research suggests that the difficulty self-regulate in cognitive functions also applies to emotions. As such, if you have ADHD, you may be prone to suffering from depression, psychological distress, and also struggle to place emotions in context.

The emotional dysregulation may lead to problems with families, friends, and seniors. You may also struggle to cope with regret, loss, and frustration. Learning how to regulate emotions while living with ADHD is, therefore, important.

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Emotions for People with ADHD

Emotions are signals for your body. You go through different situations that trigger different emotional responses and, consequently, different reactions. The triggers can be external, such as another person commenting on your shoes, or internal, such as you judging your performance. The emotional response to a situation can vary depending on how much attention you give.

If a situation is important to you, you may react severely to it, but if it’s not, you can ignore it. The intensity and duration of the emotion largely depend on your ability to self-regulate. Factors such as depression, anxiety, lack of sleep, stress, and habits also affect how you react.

Sometimes, when triggered, you may activate the fight or flight mechanism. This is a protective mechanism that kicks in when you are in danger. In that state, your blood pressure and heart rate rise rapidly, glucose moves to the muscles and heart, the muscles get tense and non-essential functions such as digestion and immunity stop. These are only physical manifestations of what is happening psychologically.

Over a long period of going through similar physical and emotional reactions every day, you may slip into depression and anxiety. When experiencing negative emotions, it’s not easy to create healthy interpersonal and social relationships. It’s essential to learn self-regulatory skills to control emotions.

 

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Emotional Problems that Comes with ADHD

 

Managing Stress

Learning how to regulate stress is essential for anyone with ADHD. This is because stress triggers other ADHD symptoms by making changes to the brain. It’s impossible to experience a life without stress, but with the right skills, you can maintain stress to a certain level.

You can achieve this by regulating the number of stressful situations you handle every day. Delegating activities at work and home is one way to reduce stress. It’s also helpful to take time and try to think about your reaction to a situation. By practicing being mindful, you may realize that you’re overthinking a situation.

Planning and organizing activities for each day, depending on their urgency, can help regulate your life and, in turn, keep stress away. By knowing that you have time spaced out for most activities, you can avoid stress caused by forgetfulness.

Seek Social Support

Support from friends and family is vital for mental health. A person you can trust to help out when things are tough is a great way to regulate emotions. They can listen to you and also offer a solution to the problem. However, socializing doesn’t have to be through talking therapy. You can play together, take trips, hike or sing together.

 

Eating Well

The food you consume heavily influences your moods. When you eat, you provide fuel for your brain to operate. What you eat and when you eat affects your moods, and may trigger your ADHD symptoms.

Diets that are high in processed sugar cause rapid spikes in your blood sugar, which results in emotional mood swings. Avoiding processed foods and eating for whole foods, fresh fruits, whole grains, legumes, plain yogurt, and fermented foods work better for your body, and improves your emotional regulation.

 

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How to Treat Emotional Disturbance with ADHD

 

Besides minding what you eat, you should also watch when you eat. It’s important to have regular meals to ensure that you have a steady boost of energy. Drinking water, not skipping meals, and exercising regularly also helps with emotional regulation.

Therapy

Undergoing different types of therapy treatments can help you deal with interpersonal relationships and find practical solutions for emotional problems. By talking about problems with therapists, you can find a suitable solution that you can work towards. When you have a more practical approach to social interactions and emotions, you can try to regulate yourself.

Medication

Treating ADHD through medication can also help regulate emotions. Amphetamines and methylphenidate prove beneficial for emotional regulation by boosting dopamine levels, which helps with motivation, attention, and movement. Usually, ADHD medication regulates ADHD symptoms such as hyperactivity, inattentiveness, and impulsivity. When impulsivity is under control, it becomes easier to control emotions and avoid shifting from one emotion to another suddenly. Being attentive can also help you consider your thoughts and actions. However, the medication isn’t an automatic cure, and alternative forms of treatment may help more with emotional regulation.

 

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Conclusion

At EzCare Clinic, we work directly with you to find a suitable solution for emotional dysregulation. Book an appointment with us today to find the best way to treat ADHD.

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Emotional support animals follow their owners to areas that are off-limits to other pets. This is because they’re recommended as a treatment for mental afflictions like anxiety, depression, even PTSD. Not to be mistaken for service animals. The main distinction is its functions. Apply for ESA Letter Today! BOOK AN APPOINTMENT While ESAs are companions, service animals help their disabled handlers with duties such as answering the door, carrying medicine, and guiding their movement. ESAs don’t need extra conditioning like their service counterparts whose training ranges from heeling, proofing, and performing specific tasks. Another difference is their certification. Your disability should match the ADA description for your service animal to be recognized. Conversely, an ESA letter is provided by your therapist. How ESAs Improve Your Travel Experience By lifting your mood, support animals eliminate the need for anxiety medication on your journey. Pills may be effective, but you’ll still have side effects like fatigue and nausea. Furthermore, they act as distractions during long trips. Instead of worrying, your mind is occupied by the animal. The fact that you have another creature to care for besides yourself gives you purpose. They thought of bonding with your pet may make an otherwise reserved person crave for adventure. ESAs also spark conversations between strangers. This is especially true for moments packed with tension like turbulence. Travel Necessities for Your ESA Traveling with their handlers gives ESAs an edge over ordinary pets. If you think moving with an animal is stressful, try it with a mental condition. Here are some trip essentials regardless of your mode of transport. Things to pack while travelling 5 Things to Pack While Travelling 1. ESA Letter An ESA letter is mandatory for any support animal in a plane cabin. For the document to be valid, however, it must fulfill the following specifications. The letter is on your issuing therapist’s letterhead. You’re currently under a licensed professional’s care. The letter contains the license date, type, and issuing state. Your illness is found in the DSM. You need the ESA for the trip or destination. The document requires an annual update. Ensure you alert the airline beforehand. Initially, you could show up with your pet without an announcement. The rules have since changed with most carriers requiring a 48-hour notice. Again, check your destination’s guidelines regarding support animals. Not all countries allow ESAs from foreign lands. 2. Travel Crate Apart from transportation, a travel crate protects your furry companion from harsh conditions like snow and rain. You’ll have to train your ESA if they’ve never experienced a carrier. In the initial stages, don’t lock the crate with the animal inside. The idea is viewing it as a safe space instead of a punishment. Likewise, put the case in the room your pet spends most of their time. Putting treats in the cage or feeding them next to it will keep your ESA interested. You can add blankets and toys to give the container a homely feel when on the move. Similarly, secure the cage to the seat or hold it to prevent the ESA from shifting. While at it, ensure your support creature gets sufficient air to prevent suffocation. You can do this by ditching the layovers during summer and getting a container with better ventilation. Although they come in different sizes, some animals are too big for a carrier. That’s where leashes come in. Apply for ESA Letter Today! BOOK AN APPOINTMENT 3. Leash The crowds in airports and train stations are bound to stress your ESA. That’s why you need a leash to guide their movement and protect other travelers together with their belongings and animals from attack. But your pet isn’t the only cause of danger. For starters, your unrestrained dog might get run over if it wanders away in a bus station. It could also contract diseases after sniffing another animal’s droppings. Chains also make it easier to locate you in case your ESA gets lost. Most leashes include a tag for writing your identification details. Moreover, the restraint also makes your pet harder to steal. From resale and breeding to ransoms and fighting rings, animal theft is motivated by several reasons. Most importantly, the law demands you leash your animal. Games to play with dog How to Keep Your Dog Entertained on a Road Trip? 4. Bedding Repay your animal’s emotional support by keeping them comfortable. Though the airline can organize a special seat on request, your pup will be more settled in familiar bedding. If your pet doesn’t have a bed already, prioritize the quality of materials when shopping. Substandard fabrics are not only uncomfortable but also less durable. The size is also crucial. While a small bed will tire your ESA, a larger one is difficult to move. Even so, some models have straps and clips for portability. Surfaces that absorb moisture will develop an odor from the animal’s urine. This calls for a mild water-repelling spray. Apply for ESA Letter Today! BOOK AN APPOINTMENT At EZCare Clinic, we recognize the role of ESAs in your psychological wellbeing. We specialize in numerous areas, for example, addiction treatment, nutrition, cosmetic services, pain management, mental, and sexual health. You deserve to live free, reach us for an appointment today.