Although ADHD and OCD are often thought of as polar opposite conditions, they are in fact more similar than you’d think. This can lead to confusion and misdiagnosis. Understanding what motivates the similar behaviors can provide clues to an appropriate treatment plan.
Children with ADHD may have other mental health issues that complicate their learning challenges. In fact, about 30% of kids with attention difficulties also have OCD or a related anxiety disorder. In such cases, it’s important to understand and treat both issues.