2 thoughts on “What is the H in ADHD?

  • February 26, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Hi Kathryn. Thanks for your blog. I’m a woman who is off the scale when it comes to the H – hyperactivity – component of ADHD. All my (adult) life, I’ve been praised for having such “high energy.” Little did I realize, until my diagnosis at age 47, that actually, nope – I’m just “hyper!” Which explains my childhood in which I was constantly being asked “can’t you sit still for one minute?” No. I couldn’t. I actually could not. For me, hyperactivity feels like having every cell in my body jumping up and down on a trampoline yelling, “Whoo-hoo!,” constantly – I mean, 24 / 7. And I only realized how extreme this was after it stopped. It only stopped when I took my first stimulant medication to treat my ADHD. It was like all those cells just laid down and took a rest, already. I did not feel stoned. I did not feel tired. I was still totally mentally clear, but for the first time in my life I just felt, well, calm. Like I could finally relax a bit. The other way I describe it is, it’s like having your hand stuck in a wall socket, the current is flowing, bzzzzzzz….all day long. Exhausting, really. Again, I only realized how wired I was until my meds unplugged me. While my meds help me stay more calm and less anxious, I still have a much higher-than-average level of energy, but that’s balanced by a need for more sleep, or I’ll burn out. Hope that gives you a feel for what it’s like for at least one fellow ADHDer.

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    • February 28, 2010 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks so much for the insight – that is so helpful! I can’t imagine if my body were as active as my brain! I am so glad you did get a diagnosis and that you feel calm – such a blessing!

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