How Does A Person With ADHD Think?


One of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders, ADHD, affects many people in the US.  But, do we really know how people affected by it think? In this blog, we will learn about what it is and how people are affected by it—as well as figuring out how a person with ADHD really thinks. But first, we’ll need to define what it means to be diagnosed with ADHD. 

What Is ADHD?

What it is and how people can be affected by it 

ADHD can be defined as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder which is a condition that affects people’s behaviors. Some of these behaviors can include being restless, having trouble concentrating, and acting on impulses. 

Symptoms of ADHD are usually noticed during the early ages of a child’s life, mostly between ages 3-7 years old but can sometimes be diagnosed later in adult years. Some signs and symptoms of this condition can include: 

  • Daydreaming too much.
  • Talking too much. 
  • Forgetting things. 
  • Having trouble getting along with others. 

Although these are just some symptoms, even if a child has them, it doesn’t exactly mean that they have ADHD. But if you think they do, be sure to ask your doctor for any help or questions! 

A woman daydreaming 
ADHD doesn’t necessarily have to be diagnosed at a certain age; it can occur whenever and can be caused by many different types of symptoms. 

Treatments of ADHD 

How to treat the disorder 

Although for children with ADHD, there isn’t one specific cure, educational support and advice for parents with children can help immensely. By going to treatment, children can learn how to cope with certain behaviors like emotional outbursts and social skills training. For adults, since medicine is typically easily available to them to take for ADHD, it is typically the way to go. But, a combination of medication, education, skills training, and psychological counseling can help manage the many symptoms and factors of ADHD as well. 

Medications that they can take for treatment include stimulants, which typically work the best, and certain antidepressants. Stimulants are the best way to go because they boost and balance levels of brain chemicals, but the right medication varies for each person, so always ask a doctor what’s best for your specific self and your specific case! 

A person holding a medication organizer. 
Although medicine is usually the best way to go when it comes to treating ADHD symptoms, talk therapy is also a way people can reduce these symptoms. With talk therapy, patients are able to focus on modifying negative thoughts and emotional outbursts while also practicing mindfulness and learning how to cope. 

How People With ADHD Think 

How they think and why they think like that 

Although there may be some misconceptions about people living with ADHD, like that they’re mostly just stressed or thinking too much, in actuality, they are living in the now. By living in the now, those with ADHD have a hard time looking for consequences before actions are made and have trouble learning from the past. They have impulsive minds which think without doing and can be hurtful to those around them. 

In addition, when it comes to working, their minds have a hard time focusing on just one task, which can cause tasks to not be completed or even done poorly. With their minds always rushing and needing attention constantly, they become irritated, which can lead to bad relationships with friends and significant others. Although their minds racing is the cause of this, they can’t help it. 

Sensory input can also be bothersome for those with ADHD. When there’s an annoying or loud noise, they can’t seem to get it out of their heads, especially if they’re trying to sleep during that sound. Their minds become disrupted by a distraction, which also leads them to become distracted. 

Their minds, though brilliant, can be a burden sometimes, especially if there’s a lot of work to be done. It’s important for their friends and family to understand how their brain works so then we can help treat them and keep them happy and healthy! 

A woman thinking at a desk. 
ADHD minds are always rushing. Although this can be a bad or good thing, knowing that they’re not doing it on purpose can make all the difference. 

Tips For How To Nicely Talk To Someone With ADHD

They may feel different and will need your support 

Since there are many different misconceptions about how people with ADHD act, it can be difficult to know what to say and how to approach anyone who has it if they have any moments where they’re struggling. To keep them happy and make sure you’re saying the right things to them, you’ll want to know what kind of emotions people with ADHD can have. Some of these emotions can include:

  • Feeling different. Since those with ADHD can have moments where their brain won’t stop racing, they may feel different than others since they experience the world a little, unlike people without ADHD experience it. To help someone who’s feeling this way, friends or partners should make them feel special and let them know that you care for them. 
  • Overwhelmed. Since their minds are usually racing most of the time, or even at some points all of the time, they may feel overwhelmed with even daily tasks. To help, you’ll want to make sure you don’t cause any additional stress to their day and voice that you’re there for them in case they feel too overwhelmed and ever need a break. 
  • Impulsiveness. With ADHD, there may be times when you say something that isn’t supposed to come out or may do something without thinking that can cause consequences to others. If you know someone who’s had this happen to them before, you want to make sure that you understand they either didn’t mean to say what they said or even make sure that you know it was an accident. Once you can establish that together, a relationship can be all settled. 
  • Forgetfulness. Although it may be hard to deal with someone who seems to forget everything all the time, it can be hard on them too. ADHD causes forgetfulness which can suck for both parties of a relationship but knowing that they don’t mean to forget events like birthdays or parties can make a huge difference.

If someone with ADHD is dealing with one or more of these symptoms, it’s always good to make sure they know you’re there for them and that you wouldn’t ever blame them for forgetting or stressing out about anything. 

People having a conversation. 
As long as you make sure you’re always there for someone dealing with ADHD, it should be easier to understand what they may be going through at times when symptoms take over their brain. They may sometimes feel overwhelmed or even have trouble paying attention to conversations; you always want to research up on ADHD and make sure you’re providing your best support when times get tough. 

ADHD is a complicated but interesting disorder that we can always use more information about. 

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