ADHD: The Gift That STILL Keeps On Giving

Comorbid Conditions Continued

A Brief Recap

previously wrote about the most common co-occurring conditions with ADHD, which are anxiety, depression, bipolar, addictions, and borderline personality (BPD).

Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent groups of comorbidities in people with ADHD, most commonly social anxiety, generalized anxiety, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Depression and Bipolar disorder (BD) are also highly comorbid with ADHD. Clinicians must be cognizant of cultural and methodological differences across continents when differentiating between these diagnoses, to prevent misdiagnosis, and to provide optimal care for both ADHD and BD.

ADHD, especially untreated ADHD, is a very strong risk factor for substance abuse and substance use disorders, something I’ve written about previously.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is thought to be the most prevalent personality disorder amongst people with ADHD, which is something that significantly impacted my own experience with seeking support, diagnosis, and treatment. (I wrote a separate piece on this as well).

You can read the first article on comorbidities on Medium’s An Injustice! publication, and on NewsBreak.


But wait, there’s more!

I will cover four more disorders and neurotypes that very commonly co-occur with ADHD:

  1. Learning and Writing Disabilities
  2. Sensory Processing Disorder
  3. Sleep Disorders
  4. Autism

If you’re a Medium member, read my latest article on Invisible Illness.

If you’re a News Break user, read my follow-up article about ADHD and comorbid conditions on NewsBreak.


Published by Jillian ADHD 2e MB

Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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