The adventure of receiving an ADHD diagnosis in adulthood means you suddenly have a new lens with which to view the entirety of your life. It’s like you finally found the box to a puzzle you’ve been working on for years, so now you’re sorting through all these pieces and checking if they fit together.
So here are twenty things about me that have been described as “quirks,” and I now realize are ADHD.
- My overpowering aversion to sensory stimuli like
- when my sleeve bunches up in my coat
- when my sock slips down in my shoe
- soup, tofu, pudding
- anything sticky
- dry hands writing on paper
- Getting up early is like performing surgery. It takes an enormous amount of preparation, precision, energy, and external forces. Probably because –
- It is impossible for me to go to bed before 12/1 a.m. Seriously. Even if I’m in bed before then, that is when I fall asleep.
- Being argumentative or picking fights when I am bored.
- Bailing from long term relationships at the 1 1/2 – 2 year mark. Part of the success in my current relationship (besides the fact that my partner’s amazing, obvi) is because finally receiving treatment for ADHD decreased my impulsive urges to jump ship.
- Bingeing sweets. I used to find the candy or cookies in the house and eat them all before my parents came home. Had to get that dopamine fix, bro.
- Bingeing everything, really. When I find a food, TV show, game, book, or person I like, I am all in. I tend to cycle through phases of obsessions.
- Reading a book under my desk in class when things got slow or boring.
- Procrastination, my dearest frenemy.
- Being pretty level-headed in crises. Like a The-Paper-Is-Due-Tomorrow Crisis. Or a Someone-Is-Having-a-Nervous-Breakdown Crisis.
- My love of drama (figurative and literal). I love acting almost as much as I love gossip.
- Having a short fuse and many pet peeves. (Just use a turn signal. This is absurd.)
- Being the Absolute Worst Drivers’ Ed Student. This is hard and I am in the middle of a good book, so how about you just don’t teach me how to parallel park?
- Making drastic Hair Decisions, like cutting it all off or dying it purple.
- Giving up on learning to play piano or making art projects when it gets too hard/boring/repetitive or it doesn’t look/sound in real life exactly as it does in my head.
- My love of TV, comedy, stand up, live theatre, sitcoms, true crime, medical dramas, and scary movies. Anything that moves fast and keeps me interested.
- My tough transition to late high school and college, when academic success became more about skills and less about a natural proclivity for curiosity.
- Holding grudges for minor infractions like it’s my job.
- My unruly imagination.
- Being consistently and reliably late.
What are some of your ADHD puzzle pieces? What little things about yourself make more sense with the ADHD lens?