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I Like The Rain And Other Quirky ADHDisms

Yep ...
Yep …

There are people who like the rain. And I’m one of them. My liking the rain has to do with it limiting my distractions when I’m driving.

I like close ceilings of cloud cover that touch the ground and limit visibility to an adequate distance for driving safely, say three to four hundred yards.

I like this because it means I’m not staring off at distant vistas and ignoring traffic in front of me.

But it’s not just rain

I like music playing when I’m writing. I liked it playing when I did my homework as a child. My father and my teachers said that it would distract me. They said I shouldn’t do it. My mom said do what works. I did. I needed homework and music, those dual focus points then, just like I need writing and music now.

And it’s not just music

I need coffee to go to sleep. I need coffee to wake up. I need coffee to focus. Because I have ADHD, I am able to focus and direct my thoughts better when my mind is stimulated chemically. Caffeine is a stimulant.

When I wake up it helps me get going in a focused way. When I need to concentrate it does that also. And when I need to go to sleep, it again helps me focus and stops my mind from racing.

And it’s not just coffee

I like colors in wild mixtures. I like textures. I like light and dark and contrast. These things have a distinct sound, a distinct flavor, a distinct aroma.

But it’s not just things I like …

I hate loud parties. If you go to a café everyone talks quietly, to the people at their table. At a party, people don’t maintain conversational privacy, everyone talks as if everyone else wants to know what they’re talking about.

But it’s not just loud places …

I hate quiet places. Nature abhors a vacuum and I am the nature that abhors a sound vacuum.

I think it’s because my bouncing, finger drumming, foot tapping ways won’t go unnoticed in a quiet room. For years in school I would dread going to the library. I loved the seemingly eclectic collection of information, but hated that I would be shushed or stilled three times every five minutes.

Well, there it is …

These are a few of the quirks in my life that I refer to as ADHDisms. Did they ring any bells for you or do you have your own?

I Like The Rain And Other Quirky ADHDisms

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

email me at ADHD Man

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APA Reference
Babcock, K. (2014). I Like The Rain And Other Quirky ADHDisms. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 21, 2019, from


Last updated: 24 Jun 2014
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 24 Jun 2014
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