Working Memory is a Link Between Anxiety and ADHD

In some people, anxiety and ADHD are comorbid conditions. Anxious people sometimes have problems paying attention, and people with ADHD sometimes have anxiety symptoms. These attention problems often involve aspects of executive function, such as working memory. Anxiety puts an extra cognitive load on working memory. This makes it harder for anxious people to process information in certain scenarios. People with anxiety and ADHD may have different working memory capacities, but threats and distractions prevent them from utilizing executive functions effectively.

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