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The Discomfort of Too Much or Too Little Stimulation with ADHD

Many ADHDers have experienced the sensory dilemma of getting either too little or too much stimulation.


TOO LITTLE

When an ADHDer has too little stimulation, we may begin to feel...

  • Restless

  • Uncomfortable

  • Lethargic

  • Uninterested

  • Hyperactive


We'll have a hard time focusing and likely stim more: Rocking, bouncing a leg, whistling, skin picking, etc.

When an ADHDer has too little stimulation, we may begin to feel...  Restless  Uncomfortable  Lethargic  Uninterested  Hyperactive.  We'll have a hard time focusing and likely stim more: Rocking, bouncing a leg, whistling, skin picking, etc.

TOO MUCH

On the opposite end, when an ADHDer experiences too much stimulation, we tend to overload and crash.


When we become overstimulated, we typically become irritable, distant, or snappy. It can be really hard to think and make decisions.

When we become overstimulated, we typically become irritable, distant, or snappy. It can be really hard to think and make decisions.

Stimming helps our brains process information and emotionally regulate. So we tend to stim more when we're both under and overstimulated... This can be a helpful indication!


If you're struggling with too much or too little stimulation, consider the following...


  • MIND YOUR STIMULATION We can easily fall into bad habits for quick dopamine when we're understimulated. Be aware of risky behaviors and addictive quick fixes.


RISKY DOPAMINE SEEKING BEHAVIOR EXAMPLES

  • Starting arguments

  • Reckless driving or road rage

  • Risky sexual encounters

  • Compulsive spending

  • Drugs/alcohol or food

  • Rule breaking or dangerous behavior


SAFER ALTERNATIVES

  • Start a conversation/debate on a topic that interests you

  • Try mountain biking/4-wheelers/etc

  • Workout or try competitive activities

  • Shop your closet to craft something new

  • Seek a trained professional to tackle addictions

  • Try high-adrenaline activities like zip-lining or roller coasters


Learn better strategies to manage your stimulation and maximize motivation with my #1 Best Selling book/workbook: "Activate Your ADHD Potential"


Be Kind to Your Mind,


Coach Brooke


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