Problems Sitting Still? ADHD Just Needs to Get OUT!

April 30, 2010 Douglas Cootey

Adults with ADHD sometimes have excess energy (hyperactivity) that is bursting to get out. ADHD video on what to do when you feel stir crazy. Watch.

Ever feel like the proverbial caged animal? Adults with ADHD sometimes have excess energy that is bursting to get out. That would be the hyperactive component of ADHD at play. Winter is especially hard for me because I can't get out for a bike ride, my favorite activity to release pent up energy. What do you do to burn off excess energy and find calm in the storm within your mind?

ADHD Video: Adult ADHD and Feeling Stir Crazy

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Author: Douglas Cootey

D. Fields
May, 6 2010 at 7:41 am

I too love to ride. Here in the South it is possible to ride more of the year. I am blessed in that my job has me on my feet and moving all day long. BUT, it makes it all the more difficult when I have to sit and write schedules or compile monthly reports. Because my job is not conducive to developing a "habit" of paying attention to those things, I have a very hard time when I must stop to do them.
Habits can be bad and good. Getting into the habit of daily exercise can help keep us healthy. Developing a habit like smoking can be detrimental to us. Is it possible for adults with ADD to develop a "habit" of paying attention? Can we find a "ritual" in our work-lives?

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Douglas Cootey
June, 10 2010 at 11:17 am

It's a good question, David. I, too, have wondered if I could train myself to be more attentive. Can the deaf train themselves to hear? No, neither can the ADHD train themselves to be attentive. However, the deaf don't sit around feeling sorry for themselves because they can't hear and speak. They develop coping strategies to give them communication skills like ASL and lip reading. They cope. So can we. We may never be attentive as others can be, but we can work around our limitation to compensate for our distractions. That's where that "ritual" you speak of comes in.
Great comment!

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