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Hyperactive Meets Motion Sickness

Perpetual motion sickness …

There are people who debate the existence of hyper-focus. There are those who say it isn’t focus if you can’t control it.

The term comes from being focused on something to the exclusion of all else, whether there are more important things that need ones attention. So, since it is about being focused on, and unable to withdraw that focus, I’m okay with the term hyper-focus, so long as it isn’t suggested that I can turn it on and direct it toward something.

But there is no one who will argue the validity of the label “hyperactive.”

While I take exception to the other words in the name “Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder,” and while the “hyperactive” part doesn’t apply to all of us and is therefore suspect as well, the truth is that for those of us that have the “H” gene, it is absolutely the perfect term.

The implications are exact

It implies nothing but continuous activity. It describes exactly what it implies. And it is bang on!

The rare times that I am sitting still, my mind is usually going at twice the speed it should. More over, I am almost always writing when seated. Usually on a keyboard, but sometimes on a tablet or my phone. I even carry a note pad and pen in my pocket in case, gawd forbid, I find myself bereft of an electronic sheet of paper.

So you’re saying …

When it comes to me and ADHD, hyperactivity R me.

So what could possibly stop me from constantly being on the move? Try vertigo.

Actually, no …

Or rather, if you have the “H” gene, avoid vertigo at all costs. Being unable to sit still while being unable to move without making the world spin is no treat.

I’ve experienced this before, for way too long. I had a bout of vertigo a decade or so ago before I was diagnosed with ADHD, and it was excruciating then.

Irresistible force, immovable object …

If you think of hyperactivity as the irresistible force, you’ve got half the picture. Then let vertigo turn you into an immovable object.

You’re stuck in one place because motion tends to be perpetual. That is, any little motion by you will put the world into motion long after you’ve stopped moving.

Now what do I do?

What did I do? I sat still. I was in a better position to deal with it this time around. I realized that my ADHD was going to try to keep me active.

But I’ve learned a few things about myself in recent years. One of those things is that I can be active in my mind and let my body rest. And I was lucky enough that I could visually focus on screens even though they gave me a bit of a problem.

Go, go, go ….

So I let my hyper-focus take me down the rabbit hole on Facebook for a while, played some solitaire, wrote a few hundred words and did some online window shopping for things I’ll never need or be able to buy.

And all the while I stayed stalk still. I travelled the world without leaving the comfort of my sick bed.

The interim results are in …

And by the next day, my recuperation was well on its way to being successful. Whether it was the staying physically still while I kept hyperactive, or whether it was the chicken soup, we’ll never know.

And in truth, there is still residual vertigo, but it’s mild and tolerable.

How do I feel?

Today I feel well rested. I feel like I was on a relaxing day cruise. Well, relaxing except for the enormous waves my ship had to plow through.

But in all honesty, I’d rather not think about them right now …

Hyperactive Meets Motion Sickness

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. (2016). Hyperactive Meets Motion Sickness. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 31, 2020, from


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