I know that some research has shown that there may be some connection between OCD and ADHD (nobody uses ADD anymore?) but when I came across this post recently, I couldn’t help chuckling. To me, the basic symptoms for ADHD seem to describe the complete opposite of those for OCD.
Inattention: Having a short attention span and easily distracted. Really? Many people with OCD would love to be able to NOT pay attention to their thoughts.
Impulsivity: Causes a person to do dangerous or unwise things without thinking about the consequences. Those with OCD do the exact opposite. They play it safe and obsess about the consequences.
Hyperactivity: Inappropriate or excessive activity. Again, those with OCD tend to want to do what is appropriate. Also, in Dan’s case, he often had very low energy as he was “wiped out” from struggling with his OCD.
So maybe having both OCD and ADD/ADHD would be a good thing? They could cancel each other out and all would be well.
I do not mean to make light of either of these disorders, but sometimes you just have to laugh. At one point Dan’s health care providers thought that he may have ADHD, mainly because he was disorganized and often lost things. After reading about ADHD for five minutes, there was no question in my mind that Dan did NOT have it. He was put on stimulants anyway, with disastrous consequences.
Maybe Dan’s disorganization was directly related to his dealing with his OCD. Maybe he’s just disorganized. But, as was later confirmed by a new psychiatrist, he does not have ADHD.
I would love to hear from those that suffer from both of these disorders as they do seem so contradictory to me.