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16 Quirks Of ADHD

The things we're known for ...
The things we’re known for …

We are unique. We are unusual. We are people with ADHD.

Some people say we’re no more creative then others. Well, we may not be more creative, but if we aren’t, we are more likely to let our creativity flow unchecked. I call that a plus, though it does often preclude us doing other things we should be doing.

We also have drawbacks common to ourselves. We are more likely to miss appointments then those without ADHD. We are more susceptible to unwanted pregnancy and more likely to visit the emergency room.

What other things should we be on the look out for?

Glad you asked. Here’s a list, limited by space and my ability to perceive. Remember, these are generalizations and not applicable to every person with ADHD.

Ready? Good! Here we go.

The list:

  1. There’s a higher percentage of people with ADHD in jails than in the general public
  2. We’re more likely to be left handed or mixed dominant than others
  3. We often have had more jobs than others our age
  4. We often have had more hobbies than others our age
  5. We generally have worse oral health than the rest of the population
  6. We are more likely to have automobile accidents than the general population
  7. We often find the most creative environment is up against a deadline
  8. We can focus on a TV show that is nearly mindless, despite the fact that we are often of above average intelligence
  9. We can’t read a detailed book despite the fact that we may be very knowledgeable on the subject of the book
  10. We can sometimes listen to someone talk, and be completely oblivious to what they say.
  11. We can perform complicated deductions in our heads on occasion and at other times be unable to see an obvious pattern in a simple progression
  12. We are likely to get a brilliant idea and completely lose it in the same amount of time it took for it to pop into our mind
  13. We are likely to act impulsively on an idea we get because … #12
  14. We were probably the class clown in school
  15. We are more likely to be the ones to utter the words “Hey, watch this!!!”
  16. We have more boxes, baskets, bags and bins, and yet all our stuff is in piles on every available surface.

These are just a few, and admittedly some of them are my experience and observations, but I’ve had 50 years of being this way and a few years of observing others who ride with my tribe, so I’m standing by this list. You may have ADHD and not feel this list applies to you, but that’s okay. You’re part of the tribe if you have the symptoms and diagnosis, these are just the bonus apps that may have come with your operating system.

16 Quirks Of ADHD

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 on the traditional lands of the Chippewas of Nawash in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or 7 generations and my First Nations friend's families go back hundreds of 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 am a freelance writer and I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about living with 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.

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Babcock, K. (2014). 16 Quirks Of ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 20, 2020, from


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