An ADHD coach shared five little-known behaviors that people with neurodivergent disorder often engage in.
Kelly Baumwho discovered she had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder when she was 30, said people with ADHD exhibit behaviors such as indulging in many hobbies time, then abandoning them weeks later and storing half-used notebooks.
The American coach said people with ADHD also tend to forget to meet their own basic needs due to “time blindness” and will usually be the person in the room sitting with crooked legs or a unusual way.
“These are not symptoms, these are behaviors that many of us tend to engage in – don’t self-diagnose after this,” Kelly explained in an online post. video.
The first behavior she listed was forgetting to do things to meet basic needs like eating, drinking water, or going to the bathroom.
ADHD coach Kelly Baum (pictured), from the US, has listed five lesser-known behaviors that people with the condition tend to exhibit.
“It has to do with a lot of things, but one of them is hyperfocus because we tend to be time blind, we don’t really know how much time has passed and then we say: ‘Oh my God, I just completely accidentally skipped lunch,’ Kelly said.
“Also, in hyposensitivity, which is the opposite of hypersensitivity, we are sometimes not as aware of our body’s feelings as neurotypicals are.”
The second behavior involves indulging in many hobbies, while people with ADHD “run toward” anything that releases even “a little bit” of dopamine.
ADHD causes dopamine dysfunction, meaning levels of this chemical are often lower in the brain.
Kelly said people with ADHD often forget to do things that meet their basic needs and sometimes have a pile of half-used notebooks in their home.
“You know what gives you a lot of dopamine is novelty and nothing is more novel than a new hobby that you’re going to hyperfixate on for three weeks,” Kelly said.
The third behavior was giving up these hobbies “for the same reason.”
Another sign that a person might have ADHD is if they always “sit funny” in a chair with, for example, their legs twisted or crossed.
“People with ADHD tend to have hypermobility, they also tend to need to move around a little more and fidget,” Kelly said.
“Another neurospicing thing, not just like ADHD, is finding that the pressure of being curled up in a ball or having your legs wrapped tightly around each other can be calming.”
Finally, the coach said that many people with ADHD have piles of half-used notebooks somewhere in their home.
“It’s not just about novelty, but also about intention deficit, a term coined by Russell Barkley that highlights the challenge we have in carrying out all our plans,” she explained.
Kelly’s clip has racked up over 50,000 views and struck a chord with many of her followers.
“The amount of notebooks I have. Why do I keep buying more,” one viewer responded.
“Sometimes I forget to brush my teeth until 3 p.m. because I work from home,” said another.
“I was sitting funny while watching this,” a third laughed, and a fourth added: “The number of times I legitimately forget I have to go to the bathroom until it’s almost too late .”