Symptoms of ADHD: Disorganization

by Stephanie on April 12, 2015

From an etemology (Study of words and how they are put together as well as history)

disorganize or Disorganized came into the english language in 1793, from French désorganiser, from dés- “not” (see dis-) + organiser “organize” . This word and related forms were introduced in English in reference to the French Revolution. 

To get to the root of being disorganized it is fun to understand what being organized is.

organize  came from the early 15th century meaning to, “construct, establish,” from Middle French organiser and directly from Medieval Latin organizare, from Latin organum “instrument, organ” (see organ). 

Being disorganized can hit anyone. However, once again, in the ADHD world, if it effects your day to day life more significantly than others, then guess what? You could have ADHD. The thing to remember is not to self diagnose as it is easy to do this. ADHD takes professionals to diagnose properly. And even if you have a proper diagnoises it could be a number of other facts such as stress for instance.

I have met people who are perfectly organized in one sense and have had their whole lives turned upsidedown in the face of stress.

In my case I know I am ADHD. I was diagnoised as a child with ADD and later it all fell under the same category. I do not have as much of the hyperactive as I do the impulse, inattention and disorganization. This is common in adults. 

 

 

To say I am disorganized can be an understatement. However, to say I am trying to improve that would also be very much an understatement. 

Some aspects of disorganization in a person with ADHD are: time management, keeping track of what you are supposed to do during a day, prioritizing  and timeliness. 

Time management can be very difficult for those who have ADHD. At work, I love to be busy all the time. This can be frusterating to my husband as he wants me home on time. If I start anything ten minutes before my shift ends, chances are, I would be a very late wife. 

Managing time has been taught to me since elementry school since that lovely day they handed me my first planner. The only sad part was I really didn’t know or understand how to use it. I knew they wanted me to write out my homework. However, I would often leave the planner at school. Ooops. I would have a list of things to do but have no idea how to get them done.

Keeping track of what I was supposed to do….this one became most frusterating. I would be told four things to get from downstairs, by the time I got there I would forget all or most of them. 

Prioritizing was also painful. I could have an idea of what I needed to do and the order however,if something came by that I wanted to do, it would be moved to the top of my list. Whatever I didn’t want to do seemed to go lower.

Lastly, time often doesn’t exist. Deadlines come and go and we can’t believe that they are due. I had times when I should have handed in an assignment, even at work and didn’t realize it was due.

 

Anyone can make these mistakes. Like I said, for people with ADHD this is constant and effects life as we know it. People have been fired or nearly fired for mistakes that they seem to never learn from.However, it is just simply that their bodies and minds are not functioning properly and they need to find more ways of doing things.

I hope this was helpful. 

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Symptoms of ADHD: Hyperfocus

by Stephanie on April 5, 2015

According to Wikipedia Hyperfocus is: an intense form of mental concentration or visualization that focuses consciousness on a subject, topic, or task. In some individuals, various subjects or topics may also include daydreamsconceptsfiction, the imagination, and other objects of the mind. Hyperfocus on a certain subject can cause side-tracking away from assigned or important tasks.

Hyperfocus can be both a hinderance as well as a glorified subject for us. When I have hyperfocused on something to the point of not doing anything else except that one thing, it can be a horrid experience as I get nothing done. However, when it comes to beautiful art…

  

Well let’s just say that I love the hyperfocus button. In this art class I took, I went into the corner and I was only supposed to be there until the messy part was over. However, I was so focused I didn’t move. I stayed there the whole time. 

  

Sometimes though, hyperfocusing can be a determent as well. As shown in this picture up above. When I am doing something new, I often focus on the idea that there are people who have done it longer and would be more fun to go with. I then feel like I am not made to do it thus, I become worse.

There are ways to get around hyperfocusing.

One of which is setting a very annoying alarm which I have done. I have alarms throughout my morning that help me stop being a lump and get to work on the house. I often need to set a timer to stop cleaning. It is a very important timer or I would be late for work.

To make this a symptom of ADHD, it has to severely effect your day to day life. Hyperfocusing can often happen at inconvienante moments. 

 For me I could write stories well into the night forgetting what time it was. Hyperfocusing is never a dull moment.

 

To End, a funny story. My husband originally was afraid to marry be because he thought that my love may be hyperfocus on him not that I really loved him. We have been together for three years now. Not a day goes by when I giggle at that story.

I may hyperfocus on a lot of interesting things but I know for a fact that I love my husband. Without anything to do with hyperfocus, I do love him.

There you have it, my experiences with hyperfocusing. I hope this has helped.

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Symptoms of ADHD: Lack of Focus/Concentration

March 20, 2015

 A lack thereof some people say but I say no! We do not have a lack of focus, quite the opposite! There are so many choices for us to focus on that we cannot concentrate on one. All the thoughts seem to come at once. People want us to completely focus on what they think […]

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Praise…

March 5, 2015

The hardest thing for me to put up with is too much praise. I am talking compliments where people praise me and say, “You do a good job”…I don’t know how to respond to it. I grew up recieving a lot of negative stuff on what I did bad. Therefore when I do well, at […]

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Anxiety and ADHD

February 13, 2015

ADHD symptoms can be very interesting to say the least. When you are passionate and you worry others won’t be for instance, anxiety may happen. When you want something done right and procrastinate planning of it, you may become anxious. Most ADHDers love the crunch time. However, do the people around you love it? Yesterday […]

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100+

January 30, 2015

Our facebook page has reached above 100 and I never thought it would. I say to those people who read this blog, thank you. Thank you for supporting the dance of ADHD…the dips, the twirls and the flips that have brought me to an understanding of how wonderful we are as a community. I thought […]

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ADHD 101: Inattentive

January 17, 2015

Stephanie here hoping all is well in ADHD land. Learning about your type of ADHD is important. I should know, I have ADHD. It took a long time for me to understand what that meant for me. What is more important though is going from diagnosis of ones self to seeing a doctor. That is […]

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ADHD 101: The Impulsive

January 12, 2015

Hello, I’m Stephanie and I have ADHD. Well I guess you know that if you are following this page. However, what you may not know is, I have impulsive ADHD. Heh heh. It is quite frustrating. You can often find me fidgeting with something. I bite my nails at times (Wash my hands afterwards) I […]

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Where is the baby?

January 1, 2015

Before it was, “Where’s the perspective husband?” I was asked if I had found that special someone. People gave me unnecessary comfort that I didn’t know I needed being a single person. The more they asked, the more abnormal I felt. The more abnormal I felt about being single, the more desperate I became. I […]

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