ADHD causes repetitive actions

Core symptoms in ADHD: hyperactivity

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In addition to attention disorders and impulsiveness, hyperactivity is one of the core symptoms of ADHD. However, there are also forms of ADHD in which hyperactivity does not play a role (example “ADD” - attention deficit syndrome, i.e. without hyperactivity).

Important: The hyperactivity symptom may be different in adults than in children and adolescents. While children often suffer from real motor hyperactivity ("fidgety phillip", constant running around, jumping up from the table, etc.), the symptom in adults often turns inward and manifests itself more as inner restlessness or nervousness. This can, but does not always have to be the case.
child
  • Squirms, fidgets
  • Can't stay seated
  • Can't wait for your turn
  • Runs, climbs extensively
  • Blurts out with answers
  • Disturbs / interrupts others
Adult
  • Inefficient at work
  • Restless at long conferences
  • Can't queue up
  • Driving too fast
  • Interrupts others
  • Makes inappropriate comments

Hyperactivity: Checklist

Central problems related to hyperactivity are:

Increased need for movement / inner restlessness:
  • Feeling unwell, irritable when one is forced to physically “hold still”
  • Feeling driven / inability to calm down
  • Increased motor activity (e.g. rocking your feet)
  • Inability to sit still for long periods of time

Hyperactivity: signs in everyday life

In everyday life, hyperactivity can manifest itself in many situations. We have summarized some examples for you here:

  • Always have to be on the move
  • Difficulty doing an office job, constant walking around (e.g. talking on the phone)
  • Constant drumming with your fingers / rocking your feet / changing your posture
  • Difficulties with "switching off" - even on weekends
  • Going to the cinema or watching TV as a "challenge" (prolonged sitting still is a problem)

Help with hyperactivity

If you find the hyperactivity or inner restlessness very stressful, it is helpful to initiate a suitable ADHD therapy. The first step is to visit your family doctor or a psychiatrist / neurologist in your area.

In addition, simple behavioral measures can help in everyday life to get a better grip on hyperactivity! >> Tips for hyperactivity

Hyperactive? Recognize your own strengths

People who are hyperactive often have numerous positive character traits that just want to be recognized.

We have put together for you some positive aspects that often occur in connection with hyperactivity:

  • High energy levels - hyperactive people often handle an enormous amount of work
  • Enthusiasm that is often contagious
  • Great wealth of ideas
  • Openness towards others, large circle of friends
  • Creativity, openness to new things
  • Tasks that are undertaken that are really important to you are tackled with great energy and brought to a conclusion
  • Tendency to bring a breath of fresh air to everyday life (anything that is not boring or stuck is attractive)

Read more about recognizing strengths here.

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