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I have a pressing question. I've had an issue where I've always rocked when sitting or felt the need to move. Could it be anxiety or ADHD?

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Dr. Jeremy Porter
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: Well...

It is possible that you meet criteria for an adult-diagnosis of ADHD.
This would require a very specific and thorough evaluation by a trained practitioner. Your profile indicates you have been diagnosed as having anxiety and depression. Increased "psychomotor activity" can go along with these and other conditions as well, both psychiatric and medical. Needs labs and eval by doc or psychiatrist.

In brief: Well...

It is possible that you meet criteria for an adult-diagnosis of ADHD.
This would require a very specific and thorough evaluation by a trained practitioner. Your profile indicates you have been diagnosed as having anxiety and depression. Increased "psychomotor activity" can go along with these and other conditions as well, both psychiatric and medical. Needs labs and eval by doc or psychiatrist.
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Dr. Ishmeal Major
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: More likely anxiety

Rocking when sitting or feeling restless is a common sign of anxiety.
With ADHD the urge is to get up and move. Pts rocking in a self soothing action could mean anxiety, stress, a trauma they're dealing with, stereotypical movements due to a developmental delay or certain personality disorders that cause a general feeling of being uncomfortable in your own skin. See your PCP for proper tx.

In brief: More likely anxiety

Rocking when sitting or feeling restless is a common sign of anxiety.
With ADHD the urge is to get up and move. Pts rocking in a self soothing action could mean anxiety, stress, a trauma they're dealing with, stereotypical movements due to a developmental delay or certain personality disorders that cause a general feeling of being uncomfortable in your own skin. See your PCP for proper tx.
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Dr. Clarene Cress
Pediatrics

In brief: Either is possible,

but you need additional symptoms to make a diagnosis.
With ADHD, one should also have symptoms of inattention, distractibility, problems with organization, etc. and with anxiety disorder, one would expect other mood symptoms or having recurring thoughts or fears. There are treatments for both, but it is best to discuss these with your doctor. Some people just are physically restless.

In brief: Either is possible,

but you need additional symptoms to make a diagnosis.
With ADHD, one should also have symptoms of inattention, distractibility, problems with organization, etc. and with anxiety disorder, one would expect other mood symptoms or having recurring thoughts or fears. There are treatments for both, but it is best to discuss these with your doctor. Some people just are physically restless.
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