Common adult symptoms of ADD – Hyperactivity or Restlessness
- feelings of inner restlessness, agitation
- tendency to take risks
- getting bored easily
- racing thoughts
- trouble sitting still; constant fidgeting
- craving for excitement
- talking excessively
- doing a million things at once
It is interesting to me that some of these ADD symptoms I experience and others I wish I did experience. The feelings of restlessness and agitation are not as strong as in my younger years. I believe with age these symptoms have subsided somewhat and do not cause much distraction now. I am not easily bored and I do not talk excessively and I no longer try to do a million things at once. When I was a child I certainly had trouble sitting still and undoubtedly was constantly fidgeting.
Racing thoughts are the most pronounced symptom as I have indicated in many of my posts. From the moment I wake in the morning my mind is racing and as indicated sometimes is chaotic with thoughts and not organized in anyway. I have learned to deal with these racing thoughts and do not let them control me to the point of frustration. This is one reason I exercise physically by going to the gym, gardening and other physical activities around the home. I also exercise my mind with my meditation (post: Mindfulness Medication) and writing this blog and reading others blogs have help with calming the racing thoughts.
The symptoms I do not experience and wish I did are a tendency to take risks and craving for excitement. I certainly do not take risks; I may have some risking behaviors (future posts), but do not usually take risks. When making decisions I generally do my homework before selecting a choice and the risks are minimal. I definitely do not crave excitement, quite the contrary. I lead a life that is really quite boring to some and when thinking about it, craving for excitement would be taking a risk. I like my routines (post: I like routines, do you?) and deviating from those routines creates stress for me and not excitement. This is one reason my life is a little boring at this time, I am hoping that will change with my life transition (post: Blog Site, Posts & Life Transitions).