Can I Have ADHD & OCD? With Dr. Roberto Olivardia


(Dr. Roberto Olivardia) In my private practice I see a lot of people not only with ADHD but I also specialize in the treatment of
obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD, and OCD is a disorder that’s characterized
by repetitive obsessional thoughts that somebody has that could lead them to
feel very anxious and very distressed and oftentimes as a way of reducing that
anxiety they might perform certain rituals or compulsions to mitigate that
anxiety, but it often actually makes the OCD worse, and surprisingly people often
think of OCD as being on an opposite spectrum than people with ADHD, but about 30% of people with obsessive-compulsive disorder also have ADHD and if the ADHD
is not recognized then the treatment for the OCD is going to come at a standstill
and you find that the opposite is true that when the ADHD is recognized and
when the treatment is actually through an ADHD lens the momentum and the
movement that somebody can make and their OCD treatment is quite significant.
For example, I had a patient recently who actually came in for work around his
ADHD and realized that he had a lot of these sort of obsessive compulsive
habits where he would check things a certain number of times which a lot of
people with ADD might actually forget to shut off the stove or they might not
lock the door. So he always thought of those behaviors as being part of his
ADHD and when in reality there were other things that he was doing that
clearly were not part of his ADHD. He was, he had to unplug every appliance out of
in his whole house for fear that there might be a fire, and it’s not that the
appliance is on, he would just unplug it from the wall because the fear that
there was any active electricity might burn down his house. That is not an ADHD
thing that’s an OCD thing and that was one of many things. When he, before
leaving his car, it would take him sometimes 20 to 25 minutes from the time he shut off his car to actually exit out of the car because he had to make sure,
did he shut off the car? and he would see himself, the key would be in
his hand but it would be well did I really shut it off? So he would turn the
car on, and then shut it off again then turn the
car on and shut off up again. He would make sure that there was nothing on the
gas pedal even though he’s not in the car, but what if there was a rock or
something on the gas pedal that might cause the car to accelerate in some way?
What if he left a light on? So he would be late for appointments that a lot of
people chalked up to his ADHD but were actually very much part of his OCD, and a
lot of times when someone has both ADHD and OCD they can co-mingle in a way that
can make it difficult to tease out you know what’s the ADD and what’s the OCD?
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7 thoughts on “Can I Have ADHD & OCD? With Dr. Roberto Olivardia

  1. I'm 34 – I was diagnosed with OCD many years ago and this week on Tuesday I was officially (yet provisionally?) diagnosed with ADD – The psych was a bit unsure however because I've also got a diagnosis of Complex PTSD which can have confusion and attention issues 8 They said they're gonna trial me on the meds and if they work that will confirm the diagnosis of ADD – but for me it makes total sense that it's ADD symptoms that I'm also experiencing because I've been experiencing them before the big trauma that caused the (c)PTSD which was a head on hit and run collision that has also caused multiple disabilities.
    It's been such a challenge trying to figure out what the h is going on with me and why I can't seem to finish so many tasks and getting hyperfocussed on other things –

    I'm truly relieved to be in a place where people understand! Thank you for uploading this video!!

  2. I have a problem with germs. I constantly clean! If someone does something that i think they will get sick from even if theres only a mild chance of it. For example my fiance cut lettuce on a cutting biard that still had raw chicken juice on it and then ate the lettuce and i went apeshit! Like if you get salmonella your on yiur own and i know thst salmonella is only 1 in 10,000 chickens but how do you know that that wasnt the 10,000th chicken?!

  3. huh… anyone else feel a sudden urge to weep when you realise you're hearing your own habits and behaviours being described?

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