Anxiety and ADHD
Anxiety or ADHD?
For over two years we’ve thought my son had ADHD (he’s six now). He has been on various medications, the latest being Vyvanse. Vyvanse has had the least amount of side effects but we always thought it made him manic, though the psychiatrist just said that was his ADHD. It wasn’t until taking him off that for two weeks over Christmas that we finally had our real son back and I hardly see any of the ADHD symptoms anymore, as well as the agitation and manicness has gone away completely.
The reason I’m posting in anxiety is this is what we’re seeing and I want to see what other people think.
At home over the last two weeks our son has been calm, semi-focused, kind, loving, extremely well-behaved, helpful, creative. The one thing we do see is when he gets around his peers he gets overly excited, starts being really impulsive and his behavior starts deteriorating. He starts saying things he never says around us, starts trying to be overly funny. We’ve also noticed that he’s worrying a lot, seems sad sometimes for no reason and just seems anxious. So as you can imagine this will not go over well in a school like setting.
We’ve always wondered if he had anxiety with ADHD or just anxiety and that’s what causes him to over act in social situations. At this point though the side effects from Vyanse are too much for us to outweigh the benefits at school.
I guess my question is…could anxiety cause this type of behavior around peers? It’s not a sad, anxious, worry like behavior, it’s most or a ramped up, overly hyper, impulsive behavior around his peers. Around us, his family, he’s just fine and all that goes away.
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