In case you haven’t heard, decluttering is cool now.
If you had to guess what the typical report card of someone with ADHD said, you might try something like "underachieving, inattentive to details, needs to try harder." Here’s the thing, though: you don’t have to guess.
Over on the AllPsych blog, I just wrote about a study that came out on whether listening to music helps people perform cognitive tasks. If you’re interested in all the details of the experiment, see that post, but for our purposes I wanted to focus on one finding from the study in particular: it turns out that putting on background music seems to be especially helpful for people who have a preference for high levels of external stimulation.
For people with ADHD, moving the mind and moving the body seem to be related. I’ve talked before about how fidgeting helps people with ADHD concentrate, which is why telling someone with ADHD to "sit still and pay attention" is often a contradiction.
This morning I was reading about a new TV series based on the experiences of a woman with "Pure O" OCD, or OCD without observable compulsions. In the TV series, the protagonist’s intrusive sexual thoughts are acted out in scenes that are graphic and sometimes absurd.
Maybe it’s because I’m a technology-immersed millennial, maybe it’s because I’m an impatient ADHDer. Either way, it seems like I rarely have time set aside where I can take a step back from whatever’s right in front of me and just think, reflect, turn things over at different angles in my mind.