Weird and Hauntingly Accurate Symptoms

Thanks to Themacroscope

http://themacroscope.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/unconventional-adhd-symptoms/

I have these symptoms, when I get into a bad (unmedicated) way:

  • Poor oral health Yep, we tend to have bad teeth. Do we forget to buy toothpaste? Forget to brush and floss? Forget to make dental appointments or forget to go when we do make them? Or can we just not afford to go to the dentist? All good questions.
  • Poor financial organization We are more likely to have a financial plan for the weekend than for our retirement. Our idea of planning for the future is a more short term thing. Many of us are just trying to remember that we have the rent or mortgage to pay on the first.
  • Hoarding and clutter Which came first, the chicken or the egg? These two siblings of a disorganized life are hallmarks of our disorder. Like our symptoms though, not all ADHDers suffer from them, in fact the randomly chosen ADHDer may be insufferably organized, if that’s something they hyper-focus on.
  • Dysgraphia Dysgraphia is poor penmanship turned up to ten. I have to print if I want to have a hope of others being able to read what I have written. I can decipher it, but even I have trouble.
  • Skin hypersensitivity Itchy material, scratchy tags, clothing that is too tight or too loose, all these can prove to be irritating. My three big ones are collars that are too tight, long sleeves, and labels on the back of my neck.
  • Lateness Being late or missing appointments all together isn’t cool, I try hard not to do that, but I don’t always succeed. I’m better at it than many of our tribe, but there is still room for improvement.
  • Undone taxes Yes, the reason my road is in such great need of repair is because I’m two years behind on my taxes. I think it may be time to find someone who will do my taxes for me … or at least with me.
When You're Strange

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2 thoughts on “Weird and Hauntingly Accurate Symptoms

  1. Well, what do you know? Your post just answered a lifetime’s worth of issues for me!! Thanks for sharing this information.
    Also, I love that song by the Doors. Another one of my favourite “crazy” songs is “Unwell” by Matchbox Twenty – “I’m not crazy, I’m just a little unwell/I know right now you can’t tell”.

    • Glad it is helpful. I “forget” that I have a network of symptoms sometimes and start to think I’m just obstinate.

      Another song on the subject of crazy: “The Trial” by Pink Floyd.

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