Not only were all of those thoughts running through my mind but my hands were usually shaking, I was always sweating to the point where I had to wear certain clothing to hide my sweat stains AND it wasn’t uncommon for my face to be flushed. I didn’t know it at the time, but some of my symptoms that I thought were anxiety were actually ADHD symptoms. Another thing that I didn’t know was that I didn’t have to sit with these symptoms day in and day out.
Fast forward many years of dealing with unmanaged anxiety and things got to be too much for me. After years of struggling I was finally diagnosed with ADHD. You may have heard me say this before but I’ll say it again: my ADHD diagnosis changed everything. I enrolled in the ADD Coach Academy and took their simply ADHD and personal transformation courses. I started to get to know myself and my ADHD.
“Treating my ADHD lowered the intensity of my anxiety symptoms. When I started to pay attention and get to know my ADHD I also started to pay attention to my anxiety symptoms.”
It’s that classic saying: which came first? The chicken or the egg? In my case, which came first? ADHD or Anxiety? There’s no sure way to ever tell but my guess is that my ADHD came first! It seems that my anxiety was actually one of my coping skills for my ADHD. So, as much as I hate my anxiety, I also love it. My anxiety is like my ADHD’s sidekick. My anxiety lets my ADHD know when it’s forgetting something, when it is running late or when it is just plain old having trouble organizing itself. My anxiety is/was my energizer bunny! When I listen to it, my anxiety is also my compass.