Adults who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of all the failure, rejection, and other traumas that they experience. However, many adults are misdiagnosed with ADHD after a traumatic event. PTSD and ADHD can mask each other and this makes them difficult to diagnose. The difficulty discerning between the two is further complicated when the person who is seeking treatment has been experiencing mental health issues for awhile but has not had them treated or officially evaluated. Need treatment for ADHD, PTSD, depression, and more? Call Legacy Freedom and ask about our Raleigh ADHD treatment.
While the names for these conditions might be new, the mental health challenges that both ADHD and PTSD pose are not. The two conditions share symptoms, including:
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Substance Abuse or Dependency Problems
- Impatient, Impulsive, or Restless Behavior
- Anger or Rage
- Easily Distracted or Wandering Attention
- Difficulty Recalling Things
- Low Self-Esteem
- Feelings of Shame or Embarrassment
These shared symptoms are what make it so difficult to discern which condition a person is struggling with. The causes of these symptoms are what make the two conditions different and are a crucial part of diagnosing PTSD or ADHD. For those with PTSD, the reason they are having difficulty concentrating could be related to their flashbacks of the traumatic event or to their hyper-vigilance. There are two types of ADHD, which make knowing the source of the lack of attention or other symptoms even more essential. ADHD hyperactive/impulsive types and inattentive types each have different characteristics and causes. While inattentive types may have difficulty concentrating, they are able to be physically still and may exhibit no physical cues that would allude to the person having ADHD. On the other hand, those who experience the hyperactive/impulsive type of ADHD are more likely to have difficulty controlling their actions and exhibiting self-control.
Thankfully there are many alternative treatment options available for both types of ADHD and for PTSD.
For those with ADHD who have developed PTSD as a result of traumatic experiences in their lives, therapies like EMDR and equine assisted therapy may be most beneficial. Other popular alternative therapy treatments for these conditions include nutritional therapy, physical therapy, meditation, and group therapy.
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