The Impulsive Side of ADHD

Impulsivity is one of the main aspects of ADHD/ADD. Perhaps not one that many think about, but it is still something that we do struggle with, unfortunately.

Sure, everyone can be a little impulsive, sometimes. That is true. However, when you have ADHD/ADD, it is different. It affects so many aspects of our lives, and it is more than just sometimes for us. It is there more than we probably would like.

Here is how impulsivity can affect our lives. We will interrupt someone without thinking. We will answer a question, before the person has the time will finish. We will just blurt out the answer without a second thought. Then there are the impulse comments that come out, which we may regret the moment it comes out of our mouths more often than not. Not to mention all the impulse purchases we do tend to make.

These are just a few examples of how impulsivity may affect us on a regular, if not daily, basis.

We definitely don’t want to be impulsive. It’s not as though we want to interrupt others. It’s not our intension. We know that our impulsivity does affect our lives and does potentially affect others as well.

Thankfully, there are some ways and strategies that we can use to help us with our impulsivity.

For instance, we can try and find ways to stop ourselves from doing certain impulsive behaviours. Make a list of all the situations when you tend to act or say something impulsively. If you become more aware of those situations, it may help the next time you find yourself in the same sort of situation.

This is just one thing that we ADHDers/ADDers can do to control our impulsivity a little more. I know that the last thing we may really want is another list, but if it can help, I think it is worth a try.

Either way, whatever strategy we end up using, the point is that there are ways for us to get our impulsivity under control.

If you’re interested, here are a couple of articles on the topic.

www.additudemag.com/adhd-impulse-control-social-spending

psychcentral.com/blog/adhd-in-adults-5-tips-for-taming-impulsivity

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