4 thoughts on “Overwhelm: A Noun That Defines ADHD

  • March 26, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I understand that “Overwhelm” feeling and know what a relief it is when the next step has been identified. Such a simple task but yet sometimes hard to do when in that overwhelmed state.

    • March 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      Hi Wendy:

      I hear you. When our brains go into a state of flux we sometimes don’t even have the wherewithal to recognize that that has happened. But with knowledge comes power … I’m trying to learn and sharing what I find.

      Thanks for your comment and for reading my post, it’s very validating to hear from my readers,

  • March 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I love nounifications and verbifications. (A verbification would be “This article is so good we should front page it”). Overwhelm is a great nounification. Overwhelm is an experience, and it is also potentially a problem.

    I think you hit the nail on the head by saying that identifying the single next step works wonders with overwhelm. Observing it and naming it (being mindful of it) also helps. Being compassionate to yourself when you experience it doesn’t hurt either.

    I’d most like to try the personal assistant, though.

    • March 26, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      Hi Shlomo Dovid:

      I also love playing with words, though I try not to do it too much here in my blog posts, I’m sure I give my editor enough trouble with my meandering style of prose, ha ha. I think I owe her a big bunch of virtual flowers.

      I’ve been wondering if one personal assistant could make a living looking after 20 or so ADHDers. Seems to me that it might be a good gig.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, it’s appreciated,



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