People with ADHD experience higher levels of comorbid disorders (i.e. additional or co-existing disorders), including depression and anxiety.
Up to 70% of people with ADHD will be treated for depression at some point in their lives. Experiences of poor achievement and ineffectiveness can contribute to self-doubt, low self-esteem, and feelings of rejection or not being ‘good enough’.
Up to 25-40% of adults with ADHD have an anxiety disorder. Feelings and fears of incompetence may lead to performance anxiety, and/or to a tendency towards perfectionism. Anxiety itself can lead to difficulty concentrating, initiating tasks, paying attention and working without error, therefore worsening several symptoms of ADHD.
Furthermore, sleep disorders affect people with ADHD two to three times as often as those without it.
Note: If you are experiencing any co-morbid disorders, then these will require treatment in and of their own right. The following program focuses only on the difficulties relating to ADHD.
Next, we briefly explain what Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is and how it is used to treat ADHD.
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