4 thoughts on “Why Not Being Able to Stop Your Responses Is Part of ADHD

  • August 26, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Thank u so much for taking time to publish this story. I have ADD , and when it comes down to it , it’s sort of like being autistic . But in the feeling area of the brain. I struggled for my whole life having been misunderstood constantly bc I couldn’t verbalize my cause to make others understand how my mind works. No way is this a flaw in my eyes.

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    • August 27, 2019 at 3:15 pm

      Thank you, JJ! It can indeed be very difficult to explain ADHD to non-ADHDers, because it’s outside of their experiences with their own brains. So then they say things like “can’t you just focus?” or “oh yeah, I think everyone has a little ADHD” without really understanding what they’re saying. πŸ˜›

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  • September 1, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    As an adult with ADHD, one of the worst impacts ADHD has had on me is the lack of self-trust in my impulses. Since so many of my impulses are often wrong, I feel as tough I can’t trust any. For example, in a speaking situation, I don’t engage much because I’ve interrupted people so often before, that I have no trust in myself to know when is right. (“It seemed right last time, but I was wrong! How can I trust my gut?”)

    This is one reason therapy is important for people with ADHD. By the time I entered therapy, I didn’t just need strategies for dealing with it, but I needed to talk to someone who understood the condition about the self-worth issues that came with it.

    Thanks for taking time to make this post!

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    • September 4, 2019 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks, Joe! I definitely agree — I sometimes call this the “second layer” of ADHD symptoms, the mental health effects caused by having to deal with the original, first layer of ADHD symptoms. By the time we get to an adult ADHD diagnosis, we usually have a lot of other stuff going on too. πŸ™‚

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