ADHD 101: Inattentive

by Stephanie Hurd in ADHD, Self esteem, skills ADHD
January 17, 2015 0 comments

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 very important. However, sometimes you just need to know what you have got.

For those of you like me who have combination type, my last article about impulsivity will show you the impulse part of your diagnosis. We will also try to expound on the other types as we go.

He we go ADHD, Inattentive.

Shift from task to task without finishing anything. Have you ever tried making a ten course meal all at the same time? Maybe you have such great ideas like I do and find myself buried in them as I go to the next task too quickly.

Become easily distracted, what? Sometimes this part gets us in trouble as we are truly trying to pay attention to the conversation but the person next to you who is also having a conversation said Sushi and now all you can think about is sushi.

Miss important details. You hear yes from your boss but you don’t realize there is a process you have to do first. All you heard was yes and went with it. Or, a common one for me before was getting two instructions and only remembering the first half.

Make careless mistakes with paperwork or other tasks. I know many chefs who have forgot an ingredient but when it happens constantly you have to wonder.

Get bored quickly. Heh heh. Well, this one happens all the time! I remember many meetings where I have to have paper in front of me just to keep from getting bored. In school, if I was not drawing or painting or something, you know I wasn’t listening…even in college.

Have trouble getting organized. What’s organized? When I was a kid, I would put my homework somewhere, not be able to find it and get a lot of zeros. I did the work…lost it. My house is still cluttered and I am still not much of a housekeeper (Unless the hyper focused moments happen).

Don’t seem to listen when spoken to…actually sometimes we are listening but we are trying to stop the breaks so we can respond…or we got bored of that person and moved on. (We can’t help ourselves)

Daydream, my mother said this is what kept me out of trouble. I would daydream all the time…still do. When I am walking by myself home for lunch I am often telling stories to myself.

Are slow to understand information, well slow to process it. My husband wants me to learn to cross country ski. He took me out skiing before. Frankly, by the time winter comes around he has to completely reteach me how. I know this drives me nuts.

Have trouble following instructions? This is a normal one. I was sent down to retrieve one item at a time before I was medicated. Why? I would only bring up one item at a time even if you wanted five things. Drove my mother nuts.

Hopefully this helps you have an idea of ADHD.

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