anonymous asked:

Can ADHD people stim because of emotions and not just to release extra energy? I just read that the difference between autism and ADHD stimming is that people with autism do it for comfort and to help show emotions (sorry I don't remember exactly what it said but it was similar to that) and people with ADHD only do it because we are hyper. I stim to do both and I wanted to figure out if I might have something else going on as well as ADHD

Well, I flap my hands when I’m upset and when I’m happy-excited, and you can tell which by looking at which direction I’m going (up and down or side to side).

ADHDers fidget due to hyperactivity, but fidgeting isn’t quite the same thing as stimming. If it’s stimming, it’s specifically for the sensory stimulation (that’s where the word “stimming” comes from: “stimulation”). That sensory stimulation could be needed in order to deal with anxiety, to get comfort, to unwind and de-stress, and/or to show/manage emotions.



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Hey! As much as i know there’s a checklist of add and hd symptoms in dsm-v and if you show at least 6 of the symptoms in one scale then that’s a score. if u score on both scales then it’s adhd :)

Thank you so much, you guys! =D After getting your replies here, I went and took some quizzes, talked to a friend of my Mum who is a psychologist, and did some further research.

It seems very, very likely that I have at least a minor case of ADD (without the hyperactivity) but it’s a bit difficult to track it back, since I’ve had depression for such a long time. According to the psychologist, it’s possible that the depression dampened some of the symptoms (like the urge to do multiple things at once, never concentrating long on one thing) and strengthened others (like the day-dreaming and spacing out). The fact that the ADD symptoms are now getting stronger hints that my depression is getting better, apparently. Which is great! =D

 I could check it out with a doctor, but since it’s not really disturbing my every-day life and I’ve lots of practice with dealing with my own mind and its problems and weirdness, I feel like I just have to get used to it and find ways to adapt. Don’t feel like a need a doc for that, but should it get worse, I will think about it.

Again, thank you all a lot, you all helped me a ton figuring it out! =D  

PSA about ADHD

✦ADHD is not a personality quirk

- some things that tag along with ADHD are:

        ~sensory processing disorder

        ~executive dysfunction

        ~poor fine motor skills

        ~sensory overloads (that lead to meltdowns)

        ~sensory seeking (self stimming)


        ~moderate to severe memory problems

        ~Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria- is an extreme emotional sensitivity and emotional pain triggered by the perception that one is being rejected, teased, or criticized. The emotional response is complete with suicidal ideation and people suffering from RSD often get misdiagnosed with serious personality disorders. RSD is only seen in people with ADHD and the emotional sensitivity/reaction is much more severe than that of a neurotypical person.

✦Some other “fun” ADHD things! 

          ~inability to regulate emotions

          ~no concept of time

          ~noticeable public stimming (resulting in stares from neurotypicals) 

          ~no impulse control


          ~listen but cannot absorb what is being said 

          ~no volume control 

          ~increased inability to focus when emotional

          ~difficulty stopping a task and transitioning to the next 

          ~social anxiety

          ~higher levels on generalized anxiety

          ~extremely forgetful 

          ~”all or nothing” mentality  

@ neurotypicals- some things to be aware of: 

- you cannot hyperfixate. only people who are neurodivergent can hyperfixate. please don’t use that word when describing your latest obsession :-)

- please don’t stare at neurodivergent people who are stimming in public

- be respectful of those who actually need fidget toys so they can subtly stim in public 

- if we forget something you tell us it is not because we don’t care, we just have a million other thoughts racing through our mind and no way to filter through them. 

- please be gentle with us. no don’t tip toe around us and treat us like we aren’t human, but be aware that even offhand comments can trigger RSD. no we aren’t being too sensitive, our brains are wired differently than yours

adhd friendships: a summary

-“Sorry I didn’t answer I spaced out”

-*randomly switching topics mid conversation*

-“I know this is unrelated, but”

-”I’m feeling horrible” *five minutes later* “uh nevermind that”

- “When did we start talking?” “I don’t remember”

- *both infodump to each other*

- more typos than any human being is able to handle

- when you get really excited and you stay up until 7 am taking about random shit

- accidental derailing the conversation over and over

-”have i already told you this i can’t remember” “don’t worry i can’t either”

  • someone: hey i haven't seen you in a while how are you?
  • my adhd ass: i've been in a hyperactive swing and i've been awake for eighteen hours. i learned everything there is to know about chocolate chip cookies by listening to twenty seven youtube videos simultaneously. my leg started shaking twelve hours ago and i can't get it to stop. my last meal was the vague idea of a piece of toast. i have no idea where i am or what day it is, sharon. that's how i am.

an easy way to actually make your posts accessible to adhd peepz:

space out paragraphs and make each as short as possible..

try to make shorter post versions of longer stuff too.. personally i find one or two paragraph stuff more appealing to read and share.

have summaries for long posts… i often skip through the middle part of posts if they’re longer than 5 paragraphs, so having a summary (that also isn’t misleading) is very important..

i am very attention deficit, and i struggle to take interest in things that seem to have more effort than achievement..

and i know this is the case for a lot of adhd peepz.. it’s in fact a really defining trait of adhd, really.

conclusion: make stuff spaces out, attempt to make short posts too, have summaries of your posts in one or a few sentences..

and one last thing: don’t be a jerk to people for not reading long stuff.

Does anyone else with ADHD have to vocalize their thoughts in order to keep them from slipping out of your reach? I feel ridiculous for doing this but especially when I’m inspired or especially distracted speaking my train of thought out loud helps me stay on track and make sense of the swirling typhoon of ideas in my brain.

being at school with undiagnosed adhd - a text post

- where’s my classroom

- *after ten minute explanation on what we’re doing today* okay but what are we doing today??

- “i don’t need to write down my homework, i can remember it” *1 week later* “where’s your homework” “oops”

- seriously where is my classroom i swear it was on this floor

- *every school report* “[insert name] is very bright/intelligent/clever but needs to apply themselves/make an effort to focus/pull their finger out/pull their socks up/work harder”

- leg bounce leg bounce leg bounce “stop bouncing your leg!” “sorry” leg bounce leg bounce

- teacher…..has…..name….???

- *finally finishes reading first exam question* *exam ends*

- leg bounce leg bounce leg bounce

- live life on the edge (the edge is the two back legs of your chair)

- always managing be the patsy when schemes go wrong

- leg bounce


Here’s a clearer version of my ADHD info graphic
Happy ADHD awareness month everyone!!

It is never too late to be evaluated for ADHD.

If you look at lists of symptoms/checklists intended for adults and have that moment of “oh shit, that’s me,” get evaluated. 

Just because one doctor/psychologist/therapist/school counselor told you once that you don’t have ADHD because ______ doesn’t mean they were right. (Especially if you’re smart, good at school, or do well when tested–people who don’t know ADHD very well might try to tell you that you don’t have it. They could be wrong.)

Trying medication is worth it. And it’s never too late to try!

The right medication is like having glasses, but for your brain. It doesn’t cure anything, but makes it so you can function more like someone who doesn’t have ADHD/bad vision. 

Stimulant medications in particular have been in use for nearly a hundred years now. Taken as prescribed they have an excellent safety record. If they caused problems long-term we would know by now. 

Finding the right medication/dosage is not always easy. Don’t give up because you try one medication and don’t like it. Tell your provider what you did and didn’t like about it and ask to try something else. 

(That said, many side effects are temporary. Again, talk to your provider.)

If you have ADHD, the right medication can significantly ease your depression and/or anxiety. It will also make all of your current coping methods for your ADHD much, much easier. 

ADHD Gothic

-You go into the kitchen to get some cookies, only to find the cookies are gone. You don’t recall eating the cookies. You live alone. Disappointed and confused, you go back to your room. Ten minutes later, you go into the kitchen to get some cookies.

-Your leg is bouncing. You try to stop it, but you no longer have control. It bounces. Your leg is going numb. Still, it bounces. It never stops. You give up. It bounces.

-You see a big flower in a vase. You attempt to count the number of petals, but something is stopping you. You are sure you said 7, but was that the last number or 10 numbers ago? Still, you do not give up. You start from the beginning. You are still counting.

-You have $100 dollars. You are saving it to buy a new laptop. You see a $75 dollar cosplay. You have $25. You wonder why you bought it. You have never been to a convention. It hangs in your closet, untouched.

-All of your pencils mysteriously disappear. You are sure you put them on your desk, but they are no longer there. You get another pencil. Two days later, your original pencils are on your desk.