Many ADHDers relate to the feeling of being STUCK or PARALYZED.
We might feel paralyzed by…
Guilt or shame from past social interactions
Starting a task
Making a choice
Waiting for an appointment, a friend to arrive, etc
ADHD paralysis is typically caused by an overload of emotion, information, or both. Decoding the Paralysis Loop: Emotions and Information Overload ADHD paralysis is often rooted in an interplay of intense emotions and information overload. The journey through this loop is familiar:
Information Absorption: Individuals with ADHD tend to absorb a plethora of information, often seeking to grasp every detail.
Escalating Overwhelm: The abundance of information can quickly escalate into overwhelming thoughts and sensations.
Emotional Frustration: As overwhelm sets in, emotions can intensify, leading to feelings of frustration, inadequacy, and self-criticism.
The Vicious Spiral: The culmination of emotional distress and cognitive overload traps individuals in a cycle of paralysis, preventing any meaningful action.
If you're ready to break free from ADHD paralysis, consider trying the following:
S.T.O.P. When you are paralyzed in a spiral...
Take a few deep breaths
Observe yourself and the situation
Practice a method that works for you
When struggling with TASK INITIATION, ask yourself...
Do I HAVE to complete this now or can I come back to it later?
What is the most manageable step right now?
Can I set a timer and do this for just 10 minutes? 5 minutes?
Can I call a friend to talk it out or maybe even get help?
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You've got this,