Today I’m going to be talking about something that is rarely talked about. There are several signs of ADHD, the most common type being inattentive. However, there are other types of ADHD that can cause different symptoms than just inattentiveness. These less-known symptoms aren’t necessarily specific to ADHD, but they should be considered as a possibility if they are occurring regularly and more often than what you might find to be normal.
Irritability & Anger
People with ADHD may seem to have shorter fuses than those without ADHD. Many individuals with ADHD feel more sensitive and irritable, especially when it’s the time of the month for their menstrual cycle, they are hungry, or any time they’re sleep-deprived.
Sensitivity to Stimulants
Some adults and children may not respond well to stimulant medication such as Ritalin or Adderall. Although these medications can help many individuals with ADHD focus better and control their behaviors, for others, the medications do not work at all or can even cause anxiety or irritability.
Difficulty Thinking & Speaking Clearly
Thinking and speaking clearly for someone with ADHD can be difficult at times, especially when they’re stressed out. They might be easily distracted, forget what they were originally trying to say, or get stuck thinking about one thing and not being able to switch gears.
Sleep Problems / Sleeping Too Much
Many adults with ADHD have trouble falling asleep at night and may feel like they need to spend their day (or days) in bed catching up on sleep. Other people with ADHD might sleep too much during the day, wake up early-morning, or be constantly tired no matter how much they sleep at night.
It is common for people with ADHD to forget or lose things, but it’s also a symptom that doesn’t have to be associated with ADHD. Everyone forgets things sometimes, and everyone gets frustrated when they’ve misplaced their keys (for the millionth time). However, if you find yourself constantly forgetting little everyday things, like your wallet or chapstick, you should consider speaking with a doctor.
Being Overwhelmed by Emotions
Many individuals with ADHD have trouble dealing with their emotions. When they are feeling an emotion that is too strong for them to handle, they may shut down and try to withdraw from the situation around them. They may feel like they are in a panic or that they are “losing their minds.”
People with ADHD typically have messy, illegible handwriting. This is because people with ADHD tend to be very fidgety and can’t sit still long enough to finish writing something neatly. It’s important to note that everyone’s handwriting looks slightly less neat when they are tired. So, although messy handwriting can be a sign of ADHD, it is also a sign that you may need to get more sleep at night.
A General Dislike for Rules
People with ADHD often have difficulty sticking to rules and regulations, especially if the rules seem pointless or senseless. This doesn’t mean people with ADHD are “rule-breakers”; it simply means they have a hard time following rules that don’t make sense to them.
Inattentiveness in Conversations & Interactions
If you often find yourself daydreaming during conversations, missing important details from your conversations, or forgetting what someone told you just minutes before, you may have trouble focusing on some tasks.
Disorganization & Cluttered Workspaces
People with ADHD may appear to be disorganized and unproductive because they can’t focus long enough to complete a task without getting distracted. It’s common for people with ADHD to accumulate clutter and forget where they put things (because they forgot they put them somewhere in the first place).
Physical Symptoms of Anxiety & Stress
People with ADHD can experience physical symptoms when they are stressed or anxious. These symptoms might include headaches, stomachaches, nausea, fatigue, etc.
Finding Out That You Didn’t Know Much About Them
Sometimes people with ADHD have trouble describing what living with ADHD is like or how it feels like to have ADHD. This is because they often forget the little details of their day-to-day lives; not all people with ADHD experience the same symptoms, and some may even go undiagnosed for years.
Constantly Having To Reassure People You Know How You Feel
People with ADHD may have trouble describing to others how it feels to have ADHD because they themselves often don’t understand or know how it feels. It can feel very frustrating when other people do not believe you have a condition, and this is what makes some people with ADHD avoid telling their loved ones about their condition altogether.
Breaking Rules Without Realizing It
People with ADHD may unintentionally break the rules, but they usually don’t realize that they’ve done something wrong. They may not realize they’ve broken the rules until somebody else points it out to them (for example, breaking a rule about holding doors open for people behind you because you forgot there was someone behind you).
Having a Short Attention Span
People with ADHD often have a very short attention span. They lose interest in things quickly, and they may jump from one thing to the next without completing the tasks at hand.
Feeling Distracted By Everything
People with ADHD are constantly distracted by everything around them. This is because they are unable to focus on only one thing at a time. This means they are unable to complete tasks in an efficient manner, which can result in feeling overwhelmed and overstimulated.
Having Trouble Planning Things Out
People with ADHD typically have trouble planning things out beforehand because they cannot keep their attention on one thing for very long before getting distracted by something else more interesting. This is why it’s helpful to create lists and set goals for yourself, as these strategies help people with ADHD stay focused on one task at a time.
Procrastinating & Finding It Hard to Complete Tasks On Time
People with ADHD often have trouble staying focused on tasks because they are easily distracted by their surroundings. They may also have trouble staying on task because they are constantly daydreaming or thinking about something else. This means that people with ADHD often have to work twice as hard just to keep up with their peers, which can lead to being overwhelmed and not meeting deadlines.
Having “Sudden” Motivation – But Having Trouble Sticking With It
People with ADHD may experience “sudden” bursts of motivation which can help them complete tasks. However, they often lack the ability to stick with it; even though they experience these “bursts” of motivation, people with ADHD tend to lose interest quickly and feel that there is not enough time to complete everything on their list.
Consistently Making Excuses for Your Lack of Ability
People with ADHD often have trouble following through on tasks because they cannot keep their attention on one task. This means that when people tell them to do something, they have a hard time remembering it later when the time comes to actually complete the task. This is why it’s important for people with ADHD to write things down or verbally repeat what has been told to them in order to help their brains remember.
Having Trouble Remembering People’s Names & Faces
People with ADHD may have trouble remembering people’s names and faces for many different reasons. They may experience problems recognizing people, which is caused by their lack of attention when talking with others. They may also forget people’s names because they are easily distracted by their surroundings.
Buying Items & Forgetting to Use Them
People with ADHD often have trouble remembering what they buy and where they put it, which is why people living with this condition should keep a list of things that need to be done or used. They can also assign a specific place for items to be stored, so they know where to look whenever they need it.