Writing Characters with ADHD
we stutter a lot but it's not like “I-I c-c-can't” it's more like “and then I was like, there and then- and then I came and like... and like... you know, then it was like...”
losing stuff all the time. i cannot emphasize this enough. one minute it's there and the other one it's not
if it's not in sight, it doesn't exist. you want your pen? put it somewhere you can't see it immediately? say goodbye
we get distracted a lot (please don't write the squirrel or oh shiny joke, it's not funny and it can be offensive), like if someone's not on their meds and they're talking to someone, if anything small happens it will draw their attention (eg. a dog walking on the street, a sound, a sudden change in environment, someone entering the room etc.). this can happen repeatedly in a span of minutes
if your characters don't use meds (or didn't take them) or they're hyperfixated on something there's 90% chance they'll ‘forget’ to eat, drink, sleep, or pee. I'm saying ‘forget’ because we're not actually forgetting, it's just our brain is too occupied to care (and is a little bitch about it later)
we forget stuff all the time. write it down you say? forgot where I've written it. set a reminder you say? forgets to set it
d a y d r e a m i n g
seriously now, i have *checks journal* 7 fictional worlds for now (it's not a mind palace but it's like an escape place if you get it) and like when i doze off in the middle of a sentence I'm most likely entering one of them
you can go apeshit with this ↑ in writing, you can use it for different things just keep in mind: i am a maladaptive daydreamer, not everyone has this, this is not lucid dreaming, etc
yes you can write stimming, no it is not embarrassing at all (and i will fight you if you say it is)
there are different types of stimming: eg. flappy hands when happy or excited
f i d g e t i n g
if I'm not bouncing my leg, I'm spinning my cube, if I'm not spinning my cube I'm probably zipping and unzipping my zipper, If I'm not doing that I'm probably spinning my pen in my fingers, and if I'm not I'm probably tapping my fingers on the table
absolutely zero time perception. this can be used interestingly too. like for me, in a span of minutes, three hours can pass. i look at my watch – it's 10am, I look five minutes later, nope – 7pm
this is a weird one but we notice a lot of details — however — only if they're interesting enough to catch our attention
can't sleep. brain full.
can't sleep. brain won't shut the fuck up.
can't sleep. leg bouncy, scratchy, itchy, hands twitching, bzzzbzzzbzzzbzzz
coffee makes us asleep, not more awake
we feel things 100x stronger, and I'm not talking like *ohhh ohoho we feel love stronger!!* like no. we feel guilt, shame, pain, fatigue, anger more stronger.
in my experience, we cry easily. i don't really like to admit it but yeah, something small can make me cry easily
h y p e r s e n s i t i v i t y
i mentioned earlier, and I'm sure some people do this too, i wear headphones 99% percent of the time. if i can't wear headphones i wear soundproof earphones. we're more sensitive to: light, sound, texture, smell, taste
I'm the most sensitive to sounds, especially loud sounds, people talking, dogs barking, bugs buzzing (this one the most)
brain has two mods: *empty* and bapbapbapabapbapbapbap
no we're not having a meltdown 24/7
same goes for autistic pals *sending love to them*
sorry what did you say? sorry what did you say? sorry can you repeat? sorry can you-
auditory processing problems – either auditory sensory overload or *can't hear*
hyperfixations are not *i really like this thing!*
they're: *oh god i worked on this for 17 hours when did i eat again?*
we either show emotions all the time or don't show them at all, this depends on person themselves
problems with understanding jokes
↑ at the same time having the best and weirdest sense of humor between ourselves
i can't talk much about the hyperactive type (and it'll be wonderful if someone would) mainly because I'm more inattentive type but overall it's like a ball of energy inside of you wanting to get out immediately
the most important:
mentally ill and neurodivergent people can and will love you with their whole heart.
this will probably be updated
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You know what's fucked up?
We're forced to learn a second language in school. French, Spanish, whatever.
But in most schools...
Learning your country's native sign language is not mandatory.
This is not okay!
D/deaf people aren't only ones who would benefit from this. Hard-of-hearing or Hearing Impaired people, CODA or those in the Deaf community who's first language is signed, those with Auditory Processing Disorders, those with verbal disabilities, and many many others NEED this to be more widely taught.
We can't force them to speak our language, but we are privileged enough that we can learn theirs. And rejecting this is an insult. It's ableist.
Auditory and verbal disorders also sometimes are comorbid with other disorders and disabilities such as Autism and ADHD.
But if you want a more selfish excuse to learn, consider this:
You can communicate in loud environments
You can communicate in places you're expected to remain quiet
You can communicate under water
You can communicate across a room without having to yell
You broaden your friendship circle by being more inclusive
It's hecking fun to learn!
More job opportunities are available to you
Sign language needs to be taught in schools. Period.
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Do The Task™ ADHD edition:
1. write down the tasks you have to do
2. separate each task into smaller tasks (ex. Clean room- pick up clothes, fold clothes, put clothes away. Pick up shoes, put shoes away. Get trash bin, put trash in trash bin, put trash bin back.”
3. lie to yourself with the “might as well method” tell yourself you only have to do the very first task like “pick up clothes”, now you’re already in a position to fold (or just put away) the clothes, so “might as well do *insert next step to task here*”
4. Continue using the “might as well method” until all tasks are complete
5. Give yourself a reward (candy, watch a show, play a game)
6. Drink water you dehydrated neurodivergent :)
7. seriously, drink water, you’re gonna die
i also use small timers on my phone to help with the process going faster, like a game. Ex: “how many shirts can i fold before this timer ends?” or “if i don’t put all my shoes away before this timer ends, i’m gonna die”
this also works with songs :)
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