Hyperactive Adults - Emphasise the Positive
Hyperactivity is always thought of in terms
of children. However most hyperactive children grow up into hyperactive
adults - yet no one gives a thought to them. In the current issue of
the Hyperactive Children's Support Group's Journal, Maria Pike describes what it is like to be a hyperactive adult.
Below are some
extracts from her article.
What is it like to be a hyperactive adult? by Maria Pike
Well, I can tell you now, it is anything but a picnic.
The hyper person has a head full of whys. Their brains never switch off. They have a constant roller coaster of thoughts running through their minds. What's this for? Why do that? Where do they go? When will this do that? Or why this? Why that? There's no such thing as a simple yes or no where a hyper person is concerned, because it doesn't end there.
More often than not a hyper person is three sentences ahead of him/herself. Many talk fast and this is purely because they are trying to get out a sentence in order to keep up with themselves. With all this going on in their minds, they always appear to be in a hurry, demanding, disruptive, loud. For there are two things that a hyperactive person cannot do: sit down and shut up. Yet that is what they are always being told to do, especially as children.
But they can't. They need to know - their heads are non stop asking 'why'.
Unless you yourself are hyperactive you will have no idea how this feels for us who suffer with it. And suffer we do. Our lives are governed by the fact that we have to know 'why' with everything we encounter.
Diet sometimes helps, medication can also help. But the most effective thing that anyone can give us is patience and understanding. We don't expect you to know how it feels for us. We know it is not easy for you to cope with people like us, but please, just try to meet us half way! Scolding us will do no good. We don't respond well to negative treatment and we will rebel even more if you try to force us to fit in with your idea of how we should behave.
Almost every genius there has ever been was hyperactive. We have an enormous capacity for learning and energy but if you channel our energy in a negative way, you may as well start saving now for the transport to visit us in that jail in which we will inevitably end up. Our being different is not a fault and not bad. If you can understand us and help us we can become extremely intelligent and worthwhile citizens.
Positive Characteristics of ADHD - Professor Giorcelli
Resourcefulness and risk taking:
Energy:ADHD people have unending energy which even disrupts their sleep patterns. If put to constructive use this is a wonderful gift, but can be very exhausting for the non-ADHD people who live with them.
First published in 2005