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What does hyperactivity look like for adults?WHAT DOES HYPERACTIVITY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

While on my journey to self-identification, one of the aspects of my neurodiversity I was most unsure about was the 'hyperactive' part of ADHD. I think we are so use to seeing a child bouncing all over the place as the main expression of hyperactivity. It wasn't until I started listening to ADHD adults that I could really take notice of some of the things I do myself. Masking also applies to ADHD and so there may be things we have diverted our hyperactivity to that are more 'acceptable' in society.

With that in mind, I think it would be interesting for those who want to, to share how hyperactivity looks for you. Perhaps someone will read your experience and it will help them see beyond the stereotypical views 💜🧠🌈

(I also ask that people don't undermine or invalidate what people share. If you disagree that something is hyperactivity, either listen/learn or scroll.)

*Edit to add: this isn't a checklist for ADHD and these aren't things specific to just ADHD. It's just some of the things I do that I hadn't even realised were how I express my hyperactivity.

[Image Text: "What does hyperactivity look like for adults?
For me it's:
Impulse spending
Making lots of posts, comments, likes, shares etc on social media
Being hyper-verbal/info dumping
Getting restless and having to move your body
Being silly with your kids/pets/friends/spouse
Talking in accents
Singing songs to communicate.
Putting on loud music"]
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ADHD: From Daydream Believer to High Achiever

For families, individuals and professionals.

That’s my signature talk. I normally run it for 3 hours on a Sunday morning face to face with a break for a cuppa.
Would that work online do you think?

It’s the theory of ADHD wrapped up in a very human set of stories. Mostly my own, but my children’s and the many people I have worked with also.

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Jannine Harris MA PCGE is an MSc Psychology student at the University of Liverpool. Jannine is brutally honest and open about her life with ADHD and is passionate about ‘Promoting Positive Outcomes‘.

ADHD can affect anyone. If you, your child, a family member, a child in your class, an employer, your partner have ADHD, or you suspect that they might, they have had it since birth, and will always have it. It cannot be ‘cured’ but it can be managed – and even developed as an advantage.

ADHD Wise UK has been set up by adults who are diagnosed with ADHD themselves and use it to good effect. We want to champion the possibilities, and ‘promote positive outcomes’ for those with ADHD. It’s a tough condition to live with because we don’t behave the way society expects ut to. It shouldn’t be forgotten though that we have incredible strengths and make good employees – once we find the right careers with the right employers.

ADHD is a controversial condition because difficulties experiences fall onto a spectrum. Everyone’s experiences inattentiveness, impulsiveness and hyperactivity at some point and to varying degrees. In the UK in particular, ‘a diagnosis must be useful’. Anyone with an ADHD diagnosis has been assessed by a psychologist as having significant and lifelong difficulties that prevent them from functioning within society as effectively as their peers. It’s great that most people can relate to these difficulties to some extent, but that does not mean that they comprehend what it would be like to be permanently battling with your attention span, your impulsiveness and your energy levels. ADHD is accepted as ‘real’ by professionals by and large. Denying its legitimacy is unhelpful, unkind and unwarranted.

Anything is possible. Many of us are capable of turning our hand to most things and being really good at it for as long as it remains interesting to us. What is not possible for us though, is ‘everything’. That is overwhelming! We think too much and too quickly, unless we are allowed to do one thing at a time, until completion – but even this (hyper-focus), we need to be taught. The other thing we won’t manage is boredom. We need life to keep us on our toes. If classrooms and workplaces have too much downtime, we will make our own entertainment, or not attend. We also need to know ‘why’ we are doing something, or we cannot find the motivation to do it -because we have lower dopamine levels than the average person.

There is a reason for everything and a host of potential solutions to every ADHD issue. ADHD Wise UK is entirely ‘solution focussed’ and will always endeavour to help you navigate the challenges ahead.

Jannine Harris

Jannine has featured in articles in The Guardian, Society for Education, Training (SET) and ADHD Action. She is a member of the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH), and the Society for Education, Training (SET) and student membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

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"My employer sent me on a days 'Inroduction to ADHD' course, and it was fine. But I learnt more from Jannine in an hour".

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We're in this together

"Clever and passionate lady who is on a mission to make a change for the better. No more shaming. I didn't know I was even doing it. 'It's okay. You're okay'. 'We're in this together - NO MATTER WHAT (bear/dog)'! Thank you Jannine".

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Embrace the crazy

"Ok. I get it now. If I want things to change for my [ADHD] child, I've got to learn to 'embrace the crazy'".

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Without running yourself into the ground

"If you want to know how to help your ADHD pupils without running yourself into the ground, Jannine can help".

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Walking Talking

"She is a walking talking ADHD lesson, and everyone needs to hear her".

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Force to be reckoned with

"Jannine delivers a unique perspective on ADHD that brings together theory and practice. Her passion and knowledge make her a force to be reckoned with. I went into the session as a sceptic and came out as a passionate believer".

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Daydream believer to high achiever

We laughed, We cried and We grew... Thank you Jannine for facilitating change and positive outcomes in my family.

Henry Watson Father

Wonderful course. My work life has gone from strength to strength. Brilliant techniques. Thank you!

Christina Smith ADHD adult