r/adhdmeme Dec 06 '21 Wholesome 25 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Wait What? 1 I'd Like to Thank... 1 Silver 18 Helpful 35

WHY

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u/idkarmy2 Dec 06 '21

Man fuck you can i not have a single thing

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u/iDick Dec 06 '21

Not a single one. For either of us.

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u/54B3R_ Dec 06 '21

*any of us

Ftfy

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u/AnimAtheist Dec 06 '21

I refuse to think that everything about me that I think is just some weird thing I do is related to ADHD. Dammit.

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u/CloudyyBoyy Dec 06 '21

After years of ignoring it ive been slowly realizing that everything i do is just ADHD and its so dumb LMAO, ill figure out something and be like i thought people just DID that

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u/Entangler Dec 06 '21

Same, for years I thought I was just "different." I joked about ADD (undiagnosed). Then I found a community of people that are also "different" in exactly the same ways as me, and I was like... Maybe I should actually get tested.

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u/CloudyyBoyy Dec 06 '21

I was diagnosed for years now but did that child thing where i went “oh im better i dont need these” and stopped taking my pills for years and only recently started again once I realized that most of my personality is ADHD haha

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u/ppritcb2 Dec 06 '21

Goddamn I did the same damn thing!

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u/CloudyyBoyy Dec 06 '21

I feel like a lot of us did, especially if diagnosed at a young age

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u/ppritcb2 Dec 06 '21

I was at 8, I wish someone had gone over the actual symptoms with me at some point when I was older like 16... Not that it would have sunk in then but I think because I started taking meds and attempting to manage it from a young age that we just kept rolling with what was going on without breaking down things I needed to look out for. This thread is blowing my mind with all the stuff I do that I just thought was me being weird but is actually my ADHD

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u/CloudyyBoyy Dec 06 '21

Honestly i agree 1000% everything i did and felt made me feel so strange, especially that lack of motivation for anything i wasn’t hyper fixated on. Knowing what the medication was actually doing to me wouldve probably made me more vocal when it came to symptoms and trying to balance it with everyday life

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u/AliEffinNoble Dec 07 '21

Same thing with me. I was diagnosed when I was 6-7 and no one ever told me anything about it other than this is why you can’t sit still take this and it will go away. So now as an adult I’m finding out that maybe I’m not crazy and dramatic and over sensitive. It was the god damn ADHD all this time. I could have been working on this stuff my who life instead of trying to hide it because I thought I was crazy. And now dealing with some of it is way hard than if someone had just explained to me who ADHD could look like.

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u/Swaltar Dec 06 '21

Make that three of us! Was medicated from 7 - 16 and now back on at 27. It blew my mind when I stopped having nearly as many meltdowns and I realized that was a symptom at all. Had no idea why I’d get that way, but damn it was embarrassing every time.

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u/ImanShumpertplus Dec 06 '21

if you’re just now discovering this post and going through this same process, how would you go about doing that? just call your primary care doctor?

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u/Entangler Dec 06 '21

That's more or less how it worked for me. I mentioned to my PCP (Kaiser Permanente) that I was dealing with some anxiety and depression during an annual checkup. She set me up with the mental health services. In my 2nd appointment I brought up how I thought that I may have ADHD. Therapy was going okay, but about a month later I felt like a diagnosis would help me get medication which could alleviate some symptoms.

They set me up with a specialist who gave me a test, which included an EEG while I did some pretty basic tasks. My therapist wants me to get all the way sober (daily cannabis+caffeine for 20+ years) for 30 days and is pushing behavior modification before giving me a pill to take.

My depression and anxiety are a lot better since I started talking with someone. Getting the diagnosis has allowed me not to excuse my behaviors, but to explain and understand them, which is giving me insight into what therapies will be most effective at curbing my behaviors. Some days are harder than others. And I want a solution in a bottle. But 38 years of doing things "my way" will take more than a pill to fix. It's work. And it's time. But knowing is half the battle.

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u/JustinCayce Dec 06 '21

Attempted self medication is a common ADD/ADHD trait. You'll be amazed at how much the right medication can help. It didn't change who I was, it just made it easier to turn down the distractions in the background.

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u/AnimAtheist Dec 06 '21

Diagnosed as a kid. Ignored it for 20 years. Got rediagnosed as an adult as having an extreme case and started taking medication. But damn. Why is everything unique about me shared with all adhd people.

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u/CubbyNINJA Dec 07 '21

Here’s the thing that kills me. I have legit gotta kinda mad thinking about it and it effects how I’m going to talk to my kid who has like 99% to have ADHD based on her mother and I.

ADHD is just unbridled divergent thinking. In school we get/got yelled at or punished for getting distracted, not paying attention, doing something else and so on. But as an adult, I have made a name for myself in my career as a problem solver and strong “divergent thinker”. The thing that people basically tried to (almost literally) beat out of me is what makes me “successful” to in some case the exact same people today.

I can’t tell you how many times I have come up with a solution for problem in life or at work by scrolling through Reddit, playing a game, working on something I shouldn’t, taking a walk.

I have legit almost cried thinking back to all the times I have tried and failed to force myself to “just focus” when I have proven, I just need to let my brain work the way it’s wired to work

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u/[deleted] Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 17 '21

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u/0x00groot Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 06 '21

Exactly lol, I do the same thing in this and many other posts too. I never thought I had ADHD, haven't been diagnosed but it makes me feel like I should get diagnosed.

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u/Ph1L_474 Dec 06 '21

same, i can relate to pretty much every post in this subreddit

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u/HackingYourADHD Dec 06 '21

I pretend I can get around things like that but instead I just end up running into corners and walls a lot. I mean it’s accurate, I just look a lot less graceful.

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u/prepchefsupreme Dec 06 '21

I absolutely love your podcast! Thank you for all your help!

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u/newagehippie818 Dec 07 '21

Is there an actual podcast for this? Under the same name I would assume.

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u/AccountUnable Dec 07 '21

Every door frame, every time. It's like I forget that my arms are there.

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u/definitelynotned Dec 06 '21

There’s was a solid 4-5 year period after I hit puberty where I wasn’t used to how wide shoulders were and I hit EVERY doorframe

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u/acetloc Dec 06 '21 Take My Energy

I just fall forward over any object that is less than 2/3 of my height. Is it efficient? No. Is it safe? No. But is it helpful to me in some other way? Also no

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u/Sxotts Dec 06 '21

Except for that one in a million time you flip over and land on your feet, using are your luck for the next 9 days

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u/kingofcoywolves Dec 06 '21

I wish I faceplanted plant hard enough to land back upright. Last time I took a hard spill I just broke my foot and split my lip lmao

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u/TotallyFakeArtist Dec 06 '21

God is it fun tho

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u/acetloc Dec 06 '21

It's like being 10 years old vaulting over the couch but with less effort

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u/Boostmobilesimcards Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 07 '21 Silver Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

So you chose today to attack me personally?

Edit: TODAY OF ALL DAYS

EDIT: and today with all these awards????? Thanks everyone

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u/pm_me_STEAM_-_CODES Dec 06 '21

It's a double attack, because it's also on me!

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u/Acceptable_Ad544 Dec 06 '21

Triple attek

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u/Silverj0 Dec 06 '21

Make it quadruple…

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u/jhunebug Dec 06 '21

Make this a penta attack… fuck you telling me being clumsy is an adhd thing? Welp

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u/Six_Strings_of_Salem Dec 06 '21

Make it a...why am I here again?

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u/RustyTrombone247 Dec 06 '21

Because you're a sextuple.

Make it a septuple.

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u/LUSBHAX Dec 06 '21

Make it an octopus

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u/Robin0660 Dec 06 '21

What's the next one again? Nonuple?

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u/JasonTheBaker Daydreamer Dec 06 '21

I'll take ... Wait this isn't the drive up

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u/CelTiar Dec 06 '21

2 number 9s and uhhhhh

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u/JasonTheBaker Daydreamer Dec 06 '21

A medium uhhh wait no make that a large uhh what do you guys have again for drinks?

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u/Boostmobilesimcards Dec 06 '21

Closer to the body moving around things in its way while the brain and head are trying to go as The Crow Flies because it WANTS TO GET THERE for me

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u/CraftyNinjaZombie Dec 06 '21

I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE!! WHY ARE WE LIKE THIS!?!?!?

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u/JGAllswell Dec 06 '21

My God-

I too thought I was the only one.

Happens all the time working in a bar, as there's so many little things to duck/dive/swerve around.

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u/JackBauerSaidSo Dec 06 '21

I also developed it working at bars and concert venues. This is really weird.

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u/Electricman720 Dec 06 '21

I thought I was too, this hurts on levels I can’t explain :(

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u/ASK_ME_ABOUT_6BANC Dec 06 '21

See, I told you it was too personal!

Me Telling my Imaginary Friends

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u/butanemonster Dec 06 '21

Literally just sent this to my wife and told her I was very personally attacked by this 😂

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u/lippytown Dec 06 '21

Wait is this a real thing? Because I def do this lol.

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u/dazOkami Dec 06 '21 Silver

ok but actually why does this happen?

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u/Codles Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 06 '21 Silver Helpful Wholesome Starry Today I Learned

Found an article. Reading to see if I can generate a TLDR; wish me luck! the authors made their own TLDR which I have copied and pasted below!

“Postural sway and regional cerebellar volume in adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213158215000972

HIGHLIGHTS

•Balance abnormalities in ADHD observed in children also occur in adults.

•Sway is positively associated with gray matter volume in the posterior cerebellum.

•We provide first evidence of link between balance and cerebellar morphology in ADHD.

•Findings support cerebellar involvement in motor abnormalities observed in ADHD.

ABSTRACT

Objective

Motor abnormalities, including impaired balance and increased postural sway, are commonly reported in children with ADHD, but have yet to be investigated in adults with ADHD. Furthermore, although these abnormalities are thought to stem from cerebellar deficits, evidence for an association between the cerebellum and these motor deficits has yet to be provided for either adults or children with ADHD.

Method

In this study, we measured postural sway in adults with ADHD and controls, examining the relationship between sway and regional cerebellar gray matter volume. Thirty-two ADHD and 28 control participants completed various standing-posture tasks on a Wii balance board.

Results

Postural sway was significantly higher for the ADHD group compared to the healthy controls. Higher sway was positively associated with regional gray matter volume in the right posterior cerebellum (lobule VIII/IX).

Conclusion

These findings show that sway abnormalities commonly reported in children with ADHD are also present in adults, and for the first time show a relationship between postural control atypicalities and the cerebellum in this group. Our findings extend the literature on motor abnormalities in ADHD and contribute to our knowledge of their neural substrate.”

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u/mazu74 Dec 06 '21

I’m stupid, can you ELI5, please?

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u/ProdigyOrphean Dec 06 '21

ADHD people wobbly walk and stand funny

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u/mazu74 Dec 06 '21

But why?

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u/ChosenUsername420 Dec 06 '21

Personally? I'm looking at where I'm going, not where I'm at. But also I see things other than what I'm looking at, so I've got to deal with those things, but if I stop looking where I'm going I'll probably get distracted.

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u/WeirdnessAbounds Dec 06 '21

Yeah I think this is a good explanation of it. In the past, I've been told that I look like I'm on a mission when I walk. Which, in a way, I guess I am.

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u/ChosenUsername420 Dec 06 '21

Yes, the mission to arrive.

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u/Subject1928 Dec 07 '21

The mission to arrive with the fewest amount of steps possible because otherwise I will be starting the next task from a disadvantage somehow.

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u/JohnCChimpo Dec 06 '21

And then begin the next mission.

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u/DramaticPapayaEater Dec 06 '21

We just do stuff differently, article doesn't explain why article doesn't clarify if it's because it's learned to adapt to other things in our behaviour but I'm assuming that's the likely scenario.

My experience: walking is boring, pls cut the corners even if that means being weird

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u/everypowerranger Dec 06 '21

Focus on the thing you're going to do. Look in that direction. Minimize deviations from the straight path to maintain focus. Walk through doorway and forget anydangway.

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u/FemtosGoodnightKiss Dec 06 '21

optimize, optimize, optimize. owwww, fuck.

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u/meacasia Dec 06 '21

I’m screaming “noooo” silently to myself at all of these comments - they’re TOO real!!!

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u/socradeeznuts514 Dec 06 '21

the killer was...

ME???

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u/BalooDaBear Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 06 '21

This is my life. I'll avoid for as long as possible (unless it's a new/exciting obsession-or it's a distraction from another task that I'm even more anxious about and avoiding), but whenever I finally do something it has to be the most efficient method with the highest value options, that I've researched to death to make sure I do it right because it has to be perfect since I'm putting in effort. It's like 150% or nothing.

And I somewhat obsessively make lists and guides for all of my interest and hobbies.

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u/redbeardbaron Dec 06 '21

Hyper focus so you don’t fuck up, fuck up anyway because you’re too focused on the wrong bit.

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u/BalooDaBear Dec 06 '21

Yep, complete inability to multitask or prioritize 😩 Everything is equally exciting/important and needs to get done perfectly, right now.

Which ironically causes me to do nothing a lot since it's all so overwhelming, takes so much effort, and takes so long

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u/GeneralCuster75 Dec 06 '21

This is exactly my mindset as well

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u/DEVolkan Dec 06 '21 Silver Calculating

Brain: "walk weird!"

Me: "why?"

Brain: "here dopamine now shut up and do it"

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u/Rabbit-Thrawy Dec 06 '21

the cycle of life

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u/socradeeznuts514 Dec 06 '21

wait there's dopamine here? give me I just finished my dopamine 2 seconds ago

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u/MyHoardIsALibrary Dec 06 '21

You guys got dopamine?

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u/socradeeznuts514 Dec 06 '21

yeah I have some it's...

huh...

it's...

...

somewhere I'm sure

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u/gljames24 Dec 06 '21

No, and I'm out of Norepinephrine too!

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u/Ready-Interview-9809 Dec 06 '21

I’m 5’5”, and hate slow walkers, I’m so accustomed to cutting around/between/through them that I’ll lose a group following me in a crowded place. 🙄 Always thought it was from attending a lot of general admission ska shows in the 90’s. 🤔

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u/M3g4N1nj4 Dec 06 '21

I have lost people so many times i have learned to slow down, but I'm still hyperfocused on all the other people around me so i end up giving way to everybody and annoy the **** out of, for example, my girlfriend when we are navigating busy places

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u/youngbloodonthewater Dec 06 '21

I'm 6'4" everyone tells me to stop running

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u/Hot_Wheels_guy Dec 06 '21

cut the corners

SPEED

EFFICIENCY

MOMENTUM

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u/M311o Dec 06 '21

Actually the "why" they say is

Higher sway was positively associated with regional gray matter volume in the right posterior cerebellum (lobule VIII/IX).

In other words: MORE regional gray matter volume in the right posterior cerebellum = MORE sway.

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u/eyesmaybe Dec 06 '21

I find great personal satisfaction in navigating my most familiar spaces with extreme efficiency and conservation of movement. shruggy shoulders

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u/randomguild Dec 06 '21

For me my mind is too far away to move my entire body at the same time but I mostly just walk into shit. Happy cake day!

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u/issaaccbb Dec 06 '21

I'm leaning more towards the "walking is boring" part myself. How many other things are done weird just because it was more interesting than not?

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u/avulgarism Dec 06 '21

Apparently I stand "like a ballerina" because I put one foot perpendicular behind the other and rest my knee sockets together. It's comfortable, yo. Don't know when I started, or why; I just do. It confuses some people, makes others irrationally angry when I have no explanation. Maybe now I can say this is why. 🤷‍♀️

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u/jllena Dec 06 '21

Oh my god I stand exactly like this and I’ve never met anyone else who does it too

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u/thescotchkraut Dec 06 '21

Same, my dad went so far as to try to train it out of me. He's convinced it's why I walked pigeon toed when I was a kid.

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u/Go_Bananazs Dec 06 '21

Wait I do this too! People always think its weird

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u/GeneralCuster75 Dec 06 '21

My experience: walking is boring, pls cut the corners even if that means being weird

Spot on.

For me it's very much like "I know where I want to go and I just want to be there, get me there as fast as literally physically possible so I minimize the risk I'll be distracted by something else and forget about my initial goal"

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u/Petsweaters Dec 06 '21

I've worked very hard to keep myself from cutting corners, as way to sort is judge how well I'm self-governing. Sometimes I'm actually find myself holding my breath from the point that I could have taken a shortcut to where the path meets back up

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u/YuriDiAAAAAAA Dec 06 '21

Brain doesn't brain so good. Many important parts are missing or not fully operational.

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u/YuriDiAAAAAAA Dec 06 '21

Narrator: "And much like the people that needed to be patched, God was distracted by a million other things."

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u/-Pin_Cushion- Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 06 '21

Sway is positively associated with gray matter volume in the posterior cerebellum.

Cerebellum is the part of our brains devoted to balance and walking (among other things). It's smaller in people with ADHD.

They don't yet know why this association exists or what it means.

Edit: My take on this is wrong in important ways. This response corrects them.

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u/Codles Dec 06 '21

This is really confusing to me, but counter-intuitively, the people with ADHD had higher gray matter volume and worse balance.

“Of note is the positive relationship between sway and cerebellar volume, such that lower sway was associated with smaller volume. These findings are consistent with a number of other studies showing that better performance in various motor-related tasks is related to smaller cerebral and cerebellar GM volumes.”

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u/RareKazDewMelon Dec 06 '21 Silver

Cerebellum is the part of our brains devoted to balance and walking (among other things). It's smaller in people with ADHD.

This is an incorrect interpretation, "positively associated" means that there is a connection between increased grey matter size and balance issues.

They don't yet know why this association exists or what it means.

This is also incorrect. According to the study:

Studies of postural control in ADHD have suggested cerebellar involvement (Buderath et al., 2009), but until now, have not actually demonstrated a relationship between postural control and cerebellar structure. Here, we demonstrated a relationship between postural sway and regional volume in the right cerebellar hemisphere, lobules VIII/IX. Additionally, when looking at the individual conditions, only the more difficult conditions showed the same pattern of association within lobules VIII/IX as did total sway, suggesting that these more difficult conditions are largely driving this effect.

There is a fairly well-established link between ADHD and deformities/abnormalities of the cerebellum. Previous paragraphs explained that ADHD also shares many motor coordination issues with other disorders caused by deformities/abnormalities of the cerebellum.

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u/-Pin_Cushion- Dec 06 '21

Thanks for the deeper explanation. I appreciate that you didn't call me a moron for my glaring lack of basic reading comprehension. Your feedback is very appreciated.

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u/RareKazDewMelon Dec 06 '21

I appreciate that you didn't call me a moron for my glaring lack of basic reading comprehension.

It's an easy mistake to make, and the only reason I even looked up the article at all is because I was totally confused about that relationship, too.

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u/Mimir_Photography Dec 06 '21

“Postural sway and regional cerebellar volume in adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213158215000972

HIGHLIGHTS

•Balance abnormalities in ADHD observed in children also occur in adults.

•Sway is positively associated with gray matter volume in the posterior cerebellum.

•We provide first evidence of link between balance and cerebellar morphology in ADHD.

•Findings support cerebellar involvement in motor abnormalities observed in ADHD.

ABSTRACT

Objective

Motor abnormalities, including impaired balance and increased postural sway, are commonly reported in children with ADHD, but have yet to be investigated in adults with ADHD. Furthermore, although these abnormalities are thought to stem from cerebellar deficits, evidence for an association between the cerebellum and these motor deficits has yet to be provided for either adults or children with ADHD.

Method

In this study, we measured postural sway in adults with ADHD and controls, examining the relationship between sway and regional cerebellar gray matter volume. Thirty-two ADHD and 28 control participants completed various standing-posture tasks on a Wii balance board.

Results

Postural sway was significantly higher for the ADHD group compared to the healthy controls. Higher sway was positively associated with regional gray matter volume in the right posterior cerebellum (lobule VIII/IX).

Conclusion

These findings show that sway abnormalities commonly reported in children with ADHD are also present in adults, and for the first time show a relationship between postural control atypicalities and the cerebellum in this group. Our findings extend the literature on motor abnormalities in ADHD and contribute to our knowledge of their neural substrate.”

I hate this because not only do i do the walk, but I also stand stupid, like a flamingo with all the weight on one foot and my other foot up on its toes. no matter what i do i cant make myself stop doing that by default

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u/SneakyLilShit Dec 06 '21

You're not stupid. There's just a lot to take in. Here's my understanding (disclaimer: not an expert, someone else with a better understanding please weigh in):

Of two groups, (one with ADHD and one without) postural sway (science jargon for wiggly body) was more common in the group with ADHD.

Wiggly body is also associated with grey matter in the brain.

This study helps researchers link ADHD with other physiological defects in the brain.


So I wouldn't say it explains this behavior that much beyond the fact that our brains are just built different.

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u/Groinificator Dec 06 '21

We're just built different

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u/Mysterious-Caribou Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 06 '21

The study was the first to show that adults with ADHD walk funny and sway because the bit of the brain that controls movement is funky in people with ADHD.

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u/halfginger16 Dec 06 '21

So, the reason I can stand on one leg for like 2 minutes straight without much effort, but still manage to trip over my own feet at least once or twice a week, is because I have ADHD?

Figures, lol.

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u/ours_de_sucre Dec 06 '21

Yep. I do this all the time working in a kitchen, its like my super power. I also trip and stumble over literally nothing all the time.

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u/mazu74 Dec 06 '21

Thank you, finally someone who understands what an ELI5 is.

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u/lilneuropeptide Dec 06 '21

Cerebellum is mainly responsible for balance and gets input from multiple areas of brain. They looked if there are any differences in cerebellum structure in people with adhd. They found gray matter (where neuron bodies found) differences in posterior cerebellum of adhd people and think they might be the reason we sway like this.

Even more ELI5; Little brain of dopaminless weirdos is different in the back, cause swish swish when about to hit table.

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u/just--questions Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 06 '21 Helpful
  • people with ADHD swayed more
  • people with a bigger posterior cerebellum region swayed more. The cerebellum is in charge of our body movements, posture, balance, etc. Interestingly, people with a smaller posterior cerebellum tend to be more coordinated.
  • the article suggests that the increased “wobbliness” of people with adhd isn’t because of innattentiveness or hyperactivity, but rather a more basic level of how our brain manages movement.
  • Basically, they think we’re wobblier because the part of our brain that coordinates movement isn’t quite as efficient as other people’s

Also to note: this academic article is talking about “sway”, which I think is a much more subtle behavior than in the video above. They’re probably related behaviors to some extent, but in the case of this sort of exaggerated walk, I would hypothesize hyper focus, sensation-seeking, or innattentivity are involved, more so than that research study found for in the case of “sway”

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u/Drostan_S Dec 06 '21

Personally, I just don't feel very "attatched" to my body, I guess? Like I've always known that "I" am in the space right behind my eyes, and "I" just sort of puppet the bottom half to locomote towards my nearest fixation.

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u/Codles Dec 06 '21

You’re not stupid. You are like me and not as educated in medical science. I will try my best and see if other folks can chime in.

This study asked people to try to balance on a Wii balance board and measured how “wiggly” they were. The wiggly-ness is called “postural sway” (as in posture when you are standing).

It found that people with ADHD were about 20% more wiggly.

They did brain scans to try and figure out why. They found a significant difference in the amount of gray matter in a part of the brain called the “right posterior cerebellum”.

What does this mean? Well, the cerebellum is critical in fine motor coordination (like painting tiny miniatures for games, writing, doing your buttons on a coat)

Gray matter is a type of brain tissue. It is critical in muscle control, sensory perception (interpreting what we touch, smell, hear, etc) among other things.

Apparently people with ADHD had MORE gray matter in this region than people without. Which is exactly the opposite of what my uneducated self would have thought.

“Additionally, we show that higher sway is associated with larger cerebellar regional volume in posterior motor areas,”

In short, I feel just as lost as you. Lol.

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u/Glomgore Dec 06 '21 Silver

My understanding is that gray matter is more fluid in its neural structure; that is the pathways are more adaptive and less rigid.

Brain wants most efficient path, obstacle in way, fun brain makes body go WEEEE for the dopamine release to dodge rather than shift whole frame around. Gray matter stays fluid and adaptive for more potential weeeeeee time

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u/Codles Dec 06 '21

That’s cool. I didn’t know that about gray matter.

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u/Liar_of_partinel Dec 06 '21

I read the actual article, and as far as I can tell it's saying ADHD folks shift around more while trying to maintain balance, and generally just don't balance as well as NT people. It's a cool article, but I don't think it has anything to do with the hip dodging shown in this video.

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u/Drostan_S Dec 06 '21

So this type of locomotion is partly responsible for those balancing quirks. IDK about other ADHD people, but I'm pretty easy to knock around, but am REALLY "good" at recoveries. It might appear as if I trip or collapse, but it's literally just the way my brain recovers from balance effecting events.

For example. When you roll your ankle, do you

A) crumple that motherfucker, then jump up and down on your uninjured foot and not fall,

or B) as soon as your ankle starts to roll, you buckle and fall to your hands and knees, with almost no physical injuries?

I do B. I will literally let myself be embarrased and fall to the ground over something minor, rather than tank the damage and hurt myself.

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u/LastSpark7 Dec 06 '21

LMAO they used a Wii balance board

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u/CommitteeOfTheHole Dec 06 '21

When I was in middle school science used all these special tools with fancy names like “graduated cylinder” and “bunson burner” and now science just uses the toys I had when I was in middle school

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u/Bass_Thumper Dec 06 '21

Graduated cylinders and bunson burners can be toys too with enough imagination.

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u/dontpokethecrazy Dec 06 '21

My brain is fighting my meds today so thoughts are a little fuzzy, but is this basically saying that my klutziness can be explained by SCIENCE?

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u/Codles Dec 06 '21

Yes! It’s not just because you aren’t trying hard enough :)

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u/M4nDrid Dec 06 '21

This says that unbalance is because more gray matter in a part of brain AND more unbalance correlates with adhd

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u/charlypoods Dec 06 '21

I just love how they refer to the control group of non ADHDers as “healthy adults”, they know we are all clinically unwell

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u/Codles Dec 06 '21

Can confirm. Am unwell. Lol.

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u/SleepyLilBee Dec 06 '21

Oh so that's why I constantly lose my balance. I thought I was just bad at standing.

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u/get_it_together1 Dec 06 '21

I like shortcuts, things get in the way, or maybe I notice obstacles too late

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u/xenophon0fAthens Dec 06 '21

I do it because it’s fun, personally. I can walk more normally if I focus, but why bother?

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u/electric_shocks Dec 06 '21

Fuck, is this for real? That's an ADHD thing? Is there nothing unique about me! Am I just a clusterfuck of ADHD

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u/Bkwordguy Dec 06 '21

You, me, everyone on this sub....

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u/electric_shocks Dec 06 '21

I refuse to believe this until I find an empirical research about this. But I know I will forget what was that thing I was going to research and all will be well again.

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u/TotallyFakeArtist Dec 06 '21

Someone already posted a link!

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u/legalpretzel Dec 07 '21

Just open another tab and Google it to read later. Then in 3 months close the tab because you never mustered the interest to return to it.

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u/saltedomion Dec 06 '21

I too snake around things wildly when moving around.

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u/eleventwenty2 Dec 06 '21

I get in moods where I simply don't have the fuckjng time to step AROUND objects and that's when the snaking gets extra fast and snakey but the head remains immobile like this video lmao. I must look like a robot or something whipping my way through Walmart

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u/JarJarB Dec 06 '21

It’s so fun but I never thought about how weird it must look until this video lol

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u/Bballarsz Dec 06 '21

I too am snaking it up

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u/[deleted] Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 10 '21

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u/VeryUnqualifiedGuy Dec 06 '21

I snaked through I group of people today and heard one of them ask why that guy always walks like he's drunk lol

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u/7even2wenty Dec 06 '21

Shoulder checked the wall turning the corner last week… ouch 🤕

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u/Heroin_Dreams Dec 06 '21

Haha, did the same a couple weeks back. Bruised and sore for days, I really couldn't believe I miscalculated so badly.

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u/privietmylove Dec 06 '21

Why move whole body when you can move one part of it and still be successful LOL

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u/WatcherYdnew Dec 06 '21

Literally this was what I am known for at work, I walk into EVERYTHING. Currently still recovering from a broken toe that encounted a door post months ago.

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u/baconistics Dec 06 '21

I have broken 17 toes.

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u/kellybelly4815 Dec 06 '21

Math doesn’t add up; do you work for the mob?

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u/baconistics Dec 06 '21

Unfortunately some toes are slow learners.

And of course not, no such thing...

I'm in waste management.

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u/raominhorse Dec 06 '21

But can you manage time wasting?

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u/twotrees1 Dec 06 '21

Yes I’m the best at wasting time

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u/Codles Dec 06 '21

To be fair, I would probably have broken toes if I had so many.

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u/emptinessismysoul Dec 06 '21

Achievement unlocked

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u/dontpokethecrazy Dec 06 '21

At a previous job, I used to have to walk around a conference table several times a day. For the entirety of my employment at that job, I had table-level stripes of bruising on both my legs from the corner of that damned table!

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u/bbisback Dec 06 '21

I have to second this and add my two broken toes to the mix.

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u/masukomi Dec 06 '21

i have house shoes (Birkenstock sandals technically). They have saved me from many painfully stubbed toes.

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u/smarmiebastard Dec 06 '21

This is why my shoulders and hips are constantly bruised.

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u/zeek1999 Dec 06 '21

I've been told by multiple people that I look like "a man on a mission" when I'm just walking normally

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u/MadCervantes Dec 06 '21

Literally my nickname in high school was "mission man" because of this.

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u/vegemitemilkshake Dec 07 '21

Oh no. This explains it. When I’m walking down corridors at work ANYONE walking the other direction will step to the side and out of my way. I am legit the most smallest person there (by height and weight), and the corridors are a reasonable size that we could pass each other no worries. When I asked my boss once why he always stepped out of my way he said “you walk so fast!”

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u/SpaghettiTime99 Dec 06 '21

How many other weird things I do are related to ADHD...

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u/xXWickedNWeirdXx Dec 06 '21

This is one that truly surprises me. I never knew anyone else who did this, and people used to mock me for it (affectionately) all the time!

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u/Wish_36 Dec 06 '21

Right? I've always done this. I just thought this is how I'm supposed to walk. Now I'm wondering if I need to get checked.

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u/Genderfluid-ace Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 06 '21

Watched, started to continue scrolling while laughing about it, realized mid-laugh I was doing this exact thing around a kitchen counter at that moment, laughed harder.

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u/s33k Dec 06 '21

And I'm here crying because I've always been called a klutz, and I perpetually have bruises at my hips and elbows. If I can run into it, I will. To find out this is related to ADHD is both a relief and a point of frustration, because I've been this way my whole life and I'm just now figuring out why.

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u/Genderfluid-ace Dec 06 '21

I closed a door on my arm a couple months ago (just, like, forgot it was there or something), I definitely feel you.

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u/EvilKoalaGaming Dec 06 '21

Getting back from Thanksgiving with a bunch of kids running around the house I felt like I was dancing around the house doing this exact thing. This also makes VR really trippy for me with no hip tracker.

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u/Machieltjee Dec 06 '21

Someone woke up and chose violence

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u/SirAltonButton Dec 06 '21

Lol i used to think i had a unique personality until i met this sub

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u/Yeet_that_bottle Dec 06 '21

Is literally everything i do related to adhd

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u/VomFrechtaOana Dec 06 '21

ever since i found this sub i feel like i found my people, like everything is so exactly me. and i will one day try to get tested on it, but i looked up some of the symptoms (in children) and it is just exactly how i am ( was as a kid).

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u/majorblack98 Dec 06 '21

Its kinda comforting and sad at the same time

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u/[deleted] Dec 06 '21

Starting to feel like it isn't it? I thought it was just "who I am" come to find out it's just all of us ADHDers and not just ME!

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u/nnssib Dec 06 '21

please respect our privacy this is too personal

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u/brainglasses Dec 06 '21

I feel attacked.

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u/badaBOOPbap Dec 06 '21

So ok I'm just a bit mind fucked right now. This concludes that a person with ADHD has a total different brain then a person without ADHD??

I basically concluded that because we learn different, think different, and now also walk different? Am I that tired right now or right?

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u/SoManyThrowAwaysEven Dec 06 '21

Have you ever been walking then become aware of your walk so you try to adjust it but it then it looks weirder so then you just come up with a more efficient walk and then well.. here we are. One thing about ADHD that I notice is having cripplingly high self awareness.

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u/[deleted] Dec 06 '21

Omfg I always wondered why I reach out and touch walls and tables/desks when I round them on a corner! I knew I had ADHD but never realized THAT is why I do my damn balancing act when I am just walking!

Thank you for making me feel slightly more normal!

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u/kittyloveskittys Dec 06 '21

This isn't how everyone walks?!?!

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u/Tuggerfub Dec 06 '21

But gliding is fun and efficient.

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u/ReverendDizzle Dec 06 '21

I move super quietly. I don't look like I'd move super quietly. I'm an average height dude, fairly broad shouldered, etc. But between my habit of just gliding around objects like the physics engine that drives reality is glitching out and doing it silently, I find myself spooking people a lot. Like one minute I'm not there and the next minute I'm right there next to you, but the part where your brain expects to have seen me move in a linear and noisy fashion didn't happen.

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u/iDick Dec 06 '21

Fuuucckk you. I just realized that I, a fully grown man, glide. I never put a word to it but yep, there it is. Right there. Fuck. I also walk on the balls of my feet instead of my heels more often than not.

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u/under_psychoanalyzer Dec 06 '21

Is this really an adhd specific thing?

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u/musicdriven11 Dec 06 '21

Thanks for asking this, I feel like I am learning more often that many of the cool things that make me, me, can be attributed to my ADHD

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u/ThatAquariumKid Dec 06 '21

Me too, but this sub also is helping me realize I’m not alone in a lot of my problems and struggles

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u/musicdriven11 Dec 06 '21

So true. Although I have felt myself being worse at some of my failings now that I understand why I do them, it has become a crutch. I need to break free of it and just be more awesome, but I keep telling myself that

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u/ThatAquariumKid Dec 06 '21

This 100%, I don’t know if knowing is good or not but I’ve always assumed I’m making up my problems to make my life more difficult

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u/SirAltonButton Dec 06 '21

Ya. Me too. Lets be friends!

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u/Codles Dec 06 '21

I really love your brain and the fact that you asked that question. In short, yea, it appears to be the case. I found at least one small study that shows a correlation and a possible causation.

https://www.reddit.com/r/adhdmeme/comments/raccn2/why/hnhgkc5/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf&context=3

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u/DeliriousDiamond Dec 06 '21

Why do I feel offended

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u/mabamababoo Dec 06 '21

The regular bruises all over my legs are proof that this is accurate.

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u/Sin_of_the_Dark Dec 06 '21

To me, it always felt like my mind was somewhere else (read: zoned out thinking of random thing I just saw out the window) but my subconscious is still paying attention.

I have a really big issue with zoning out, but it's only consciously. I actually tend to have better reflexes when I feel like that, compared to my normal flounder like a fish when trying to catch something

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u/GastorHuh Dec 06 '21

thinking: "Wait, I'm turning onto the street I live on, but I only remember pulling out of the parking lot at work...Did I run over anyone on the way home?

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u/MadKingMidas Dec 06 '21

I used to do this mostly at work, but I've learned to slow down around corners after running into my team lead several times.

Now everytime I near a corner my brain echos in his voice: "Slow around corners sir."

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u/Its-not-me-this-time Dec 06 '21

Yo wtf im a dude and im in this video

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u/__andrei__ Dec 06 '21

Username does not check out

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u/arillliputian Dec 06 '21

Is this why I hit my hipbone on everything? I always walk on the very edge of stuff and never knew why.

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u/festiveraccoons Dec 06 '21

i have never seen something so relatable in my life

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u/patch_22 Dec 06 '21

All my wrist watches get scratches on them because I can’t learn how to not accidentally punch doorframes walking through them

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u/ClutterKitty Dec 06 '21

Wait. What? That’s not how everyone walks?!?!

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u/Spastic_Slapstick Dec 06 '21

I never even thought twice about walking this way. This makes so much sense!

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u/sir-morti Dec 06 '21

wow i feel seen and attacked. time to retreat [wobbles away]