View Full Version : Can ADHD cause you to have OCD like symptoms? What is this?


mrh235
04-10-14, 09:13 PM
I have ADHD-pi and before I was diagnosed and treated I had this issue. I always had trouble focusing and with my short term memory (ADHD), but what did to stick with me was negative thoughts. I used to obsess about negative things about myself that I couldn't get out of my head. I also used to be really repetitively at times. Like hand gesture and doing the same thing over and over again and worrying about what might happen if I didn't. Part of it was not realizing that I did it but it helped me feel better about myself for some odd reason and helped with the terrible anxiety I had due to ADHD and being unable to keep up with anything. I also remember thinking that people learned by obsessing about everything constantly so that didn't help. It really surprises me that this stuff stuck in my mind when I couldn't keep a routine or balance a schedule at all.

Other than that i would become interested in one thing to the point of obsession for a while, be totally unable to focus on nearly anything else then id get totally burnout on it super quickly and then end up fanatically obsessed with something else and that cycle would repeat. This used to irritate me so much and never helped me focus better or getting things done.

Pretty much all of this and my anxiety went away when I started being treated for ADHD w/ vyvanse/adderall. What is this behavior? Is it common for people with ADHD to experience this behavior? Any similar experiences? This behavior alongside my ADHD made my life really hellish so I would to get to the bottom of this.

Nicksgonefishin
04-10-14, 09:29 PM
That weird cycle thing.... I wish I could put it into words...

Just know that you're not alone.

BellaVita
04-10-14, 09:37 PM
I have that but I have OCD...

Greyhound1
04-10-14, 10:06 PM
I have ADHD-pi and before I was diagnosed and treated I had this issue. I always had trouble focusing and with my short term memory (ADHD), but what did to stick with me was negative thoughts. I used to obsess about negative things about myself that I couldn't get out of my head. I also used to be really repetitively at times. Like hand gesture and doing the same thing over and over again and worrying about what might happen if I didn't. Part of it was not realizing that I did it but it helped me feel better about myself for some odd reason and helped with the terrible anxiety I had due to ADHD and being unable to keep up with anything. I also remember thinking that people learned by obsessing about everything constantly so that didn't help. It really surprises me that this stuff stuck in my mind when I couldn't keep a routine or balance a schedule at all.

Other than that i would become interested in one thing to the point of obsession for a while, be totally unable to focus on nearly anything else then id get totally burnout on it super quickly and then end up fanatically obsessed with something else and that cycle would repeat. This used to irritate me so much and never helped me focus better or getting things done.

Pretty much all of this and my anxiety went away when I started being treated for ADHD w/ vyvanse/adderall. What is this behavior? Is it common for people with ADHD to experience this behavior? Any similar experiences? This behavior alongside my ADHD made my life really hellish so I would to get to the bottom of this.

I could have written your post. I was exactly the same way and adderall made a huge difference. They are the co-morbid friends of untreated ADHD.

My diagnosis of ADHD began as a result of what you described. I had been to specialists and Dr.s for 12 years and never responded well to any medication. I was always treated with anti-anxiety & anti-depressants. I finally gave up hope on treatment and Drs. for 3 years.

3 years later my wonderful new family Dr. picked up on ADHD in about ten mins. of chatting on my first visit. I was shocked when she even suggested it. I was there for a check up.

Now I know mine were all caused from developing bad coping skills from years of struggling and embarrassment. Once I learned about ADHD it was amazing. Suddenly, so much of my life finally made sense. Untreated ADHD can get really ugly and scary. I know for sure.

Good luck with treatment,

Hound

xr4nd1
04-10-14, 10:14 PM
If it helps and I was 10 when I started my medications. I was on adderall and straterra at the same time and shortly after starting them I developed some OCD symptoms. I'd wash my hands every time I would touch something and things had to be organized or I would go nuts.

sarahsweets
04-11-14, 05:58 AM
It sounds alot more like hyperfocus than OCD.

fracturedstory
04-11-14, 07:26 AM
Only OCD-like symptoms I have is extreme anxiety over forgetting whether I have my purse, had locked a door or turned off a stove. I check whether I've got/done all those things repetitively.

And I have some pretty horrific thought intrusions. I actually made one worse by seeing if it could get any worse. Idiot! Now I have to make sure I don't encourage the thoughts to get any worse.

I used to have repetitive negative thoughts but I'm pretty good at the old CBT these days. I don't know what you mean by gestures. Obsessing over whether you look weird making them? I just let my hands do what they want.

Oh. I wash my hands a lot because I don't like the sensation of soaps and liquids, or cat hairs or don't want to get contaminated from meat, dirt, cat hair, and cleaning products I refer to as 'toxins.' I just have sensitive skin. I don't think it's really OCD.