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By adulthood, the hyperactivity of childhood ADHD seems to disappear… But it may actually turn into restlessness, stress, fidgeting, frustration, anger or impatience making a business meeting pure torture!
In some children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder the Hyperactive aspect is often the most obvious symptom…
The child is fidgety. They climb furniture, they squirm, they jump, and they seem like they have a motor running inside even when they are asleep.
When children with ADHD, of the Predominantly Combined Subtype, grow up, they seem to lose the Hyperactivity. In fact, that’s why, for many years, Doctors thought they outgrew ADHD. ADHD was a childhood disorder, they thought. They just outgrew the H. We now know 60 percent of ADHD kids still have the disorder in adulthood. It just looks different.
They may not be jumping out of their chairs and going, “Oh, Boss, I know the answer, I know!” but they can still feel restless. Sometimes the feeling is turned into nervous tension like a sports car that has no place to go. But they want to go somewhere and that is what is frustrating. They want to do something, anything. It gets worse when something is boring so they fight to keep their brain on by keeping their body busy. The engine is idling. They want to race. ADDers always feel that RRRRrrrrRRRRRrrrrRRRR.
Many adult ADDers avoid jobs where they have to keep still. Or they keep getting fired from them. Office jobs are not their forte. If they are lucky, they’ve found a career where they can be on the move. Always changing. Sales is an obvious example.
Stimulation is what they seek… nay, they need. They are adrenaline junkies. Sometimes the adrenaline source comes from outside…
or from inside in the form of just plain daydreaming or surfing the Internet endlessly.
Regardless there’s never any peace. There is never any stillness. They choose activities that are addictive. However, an educated addict is someone who lives their life at the edge of a cliff and sees the wonder of the world….they get addicted to life.
Or best of all, doing something for someone else, that has you on the move, but also feeling good about contributing. Rather than just develop shin splints on a treadmill, maybe mow the lawn of a senior citizen.
It’s a win-win-win. Builds muscle, connection with others, and self esteem.