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Can I have ADHD and phobias at the same time!?
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Dr. Missid Ghanem
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes :((
Unfortunately, there is no rule against having more than one diagnosis.
Psychotherapy or even tapping are usually very effective in treating phobias.

In brief: Yes :((
Unfortunately, there is no rule against having more than one diagnosis.
Psychotherapy or even tapping are usually very effective in treating phobias.
Dr. Missid Ghanem
Dr. Missid Ghanem
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Unfortunately
Yes.
There is nothing in the rule book that says you can only have one problem. Being human is incredibly complicated and so are our illnesses.

In brief: Unfortunately
Yes.
There is nothing in the rule book that says you can only have one problem. Being human is incredibly complicated and so are our illnesses.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Michael Athans, ph.d.
Clinical Psychology
In brief: ADHD & Phobias
Yes of course, although they are not related.
ADHD symptoms include inattention, distractability, forgetfullness, procrastimation, etc. Phobias are associated with fear/anxiety. Both can be treated by a psychologist/psychiatrist.

In brief: ADHD & Phobias
Yes of course, although they are not related.
ADHD symptoms include inattention, distractability, forgetfullness, procrastimation, etc. Phobias are associated with fear/anxiety. Both can be treated by a psychologist/psychiatrist.
Dr. Michael Athans, ph.d.
Dr. Michael Athans, ph.d.
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2 comments
Dr. David Hoffman
By "not related" I take my colleague to mean that there are unique and different disorders with unique and different symptoms from one another not that they don't co-occur or interact in troubling ways (e.g., ADHD symptoms --> life problems ---> heightened anxiety and sometimes panic).
Dr. Michael Athans, ph.d.
Yes. Thank you for clarifying.
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology
In brief: Absolutely...
In fact, phobias are a subset of anxiety disorders.
It is known that about 30-40% of individuals with ADHD have an anxiety disorder. I would say in my experience though phobias specifically are more rare, but definitely happen. Phobic responses tend to develop from perceptual distortions and emotional overarousal. Both are issues known to be present in ADHD.

In brief: Absolutely...
In fact, phobias are a subset of anxiety disorders.
It is known that about 30-40% of individuals with ADHD have an anxiety disorder. I would say in my experience though phobias specifically are more rare, but definitely happen. Phobic responses tend to develop from perceptual distortions and emotional overarousal. Both are issues known to be present in ADHD.
Dr. David Hoffman
Dr. David Hoffman
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