“The best use of imagination is creativity. The worst use of imagination is anxiety.” Deepak Chopra
Anxiety and ADHD seem to go hand in hand. In many cases, so does creativity and ADHD. The difference is, one will bring joy; the other, sickness.
Anxiety is usually a result of anticipating the worst. You have a test to take, you expect to fail. You have a presentation to do, you expect to bomb. Your child is out late, you expect danger. All stories that we create in our minds, using our imagination.
How do we get control of our anxiety?
Here is an article from PsychCentral, 15 Small Steps You Can Take Today to Improve Anxiety Symptons, in which the author, Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S., discusses tools that you can use to effectively manage your anxiety.
Remember, anxiety is usually anticipatory, and not based on what is happening in the present moment. We have a thought which creates an emotion (like anxiety), and from that emotion, the mind takes over, creatively making up a story of “disaster”. Anxiety will never change or improve a situation. In fact, it is immobilizing and will typically exacerbate symptoms of ADHD.