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The specifics of the ADHD brain

The creative chaos

ADHD is a special way of being and that means that the brain does not work any worse than other brains, but different and it is good to know the instructions for use in order to be able to use the ingenuity and peculiarities of this brain. Yes, it has really ingenious abilities that are not immediately available to every owner, but you can work on it .......So first of all the difficulties of using the ADHD brain: it doesn't always work when it is supposed to or when it is needed. For example, it has the characteristic that it works particularly well when an activity is fun or there is an exciting reward. Then the ADHD brain can use it

Accomplish true top form and move mountains, because it has the property of hyperfocussing. This means that you can concentrate incredibly well on an activity if it is exciting and interesting and if it is in the telescope of your own interests. Everything that then appears in this telescope of interest is perceived precisely, processed in a highly concentrated manner and time then seems to fly by. Such a state is called flow and it is true creativity. During this flow, effortless concentration is possible and the world outside of this focus is forgotten. This can go so far that even hunger, thirst or other needs, but also other people, can be ignored. In these phases, the ADHD brain can perform at its best, but unfortunately these cannot be called up, they simply happen when the attention is captivated by great motivation and enormous interest.

The situation is completely different for activities that do not promise you any fun or rewards. Then the ADHD brain can refuse completely and even small obligations become insurmountable obstacles because procastination (procrastination) and indolence set in. This can increase to a mental block. That’s the story of the huge inner pig and the disorder of motivation. Unfortunately, ADHD sufferers are often perfectly able to be masters of self-excuses and to push back unpleasant duties and tasks again and again and to avoid unpleasant situations again and again. In the long run, this creates quite a bit of anger with other people who are not enthusiastic about having to do the unpleasant things over and over again, while ADHD people concentrate on the things that promise them excitement, variety and comfort. In the long run, however, you do not secure the sympathy of your fellow human beings in this way. They cannot understand why ADHD sufferers can do so much when they want to and why they often do not get going when it comes to daily routine work and duties.

It is important for those affected that they do not use ADHD as an excuse, but work on their own difficulties and grow. In general, it is better not to talk about difficulties here, but about challenges in order to learn something new about yourself and life!

So what can be learned when it comes to using the ADHD brain?

First it is about using this flowe effect. To do this, however, it is necessary to make a statement to the people close to you beforehand, such as: "I need an undisturbed time now and please do not bother me. It may be that I don't notice much else .. ”Of course, this flow has to be limited in time, because you can't expect the others to fully understand that you are only concerned with your own flashes of inspiration. When you have this phase, you should try to put everything else aside and take advantage of this state by writing down these flashes of inspiration.

It is also important to harvest spontaneous ideas and thoughts that can arise in the most impossible situations. The ADHD brain can have really incredible ideas, but they come randomly and on the side, and if you don't write them down, they'll be gone as quickly as they came. And that's a shame then. At some point they can emerge from the depths of the universe, but you don't know when and if and it can be, much later than you would have needed them.

So a very important rule for the ADHD brain: write down everything that comes to your mind immediately or dictate on your mobile phone, otherwise they will be quickly forgotten. Also, write down small ideas that come to your mind, such as things that you still have to buy, birthday gifts, and phone calls that you still have to do. The art is to always collect the thoughts in a certain way, be it with Post-it stickers or mobile phone reminders and then, for example, to assign them to specific lists and specific projects in the evening. The brain works on the side and you will be amazed how much you can think of all day long. The following always applies to an ADHD brain: to move from “chaos to structure”. This means that you capture, sort, assign and then work through all the many good thoughts that you have. Once you get used to it, you'll be amazed at how easy it is for you when you can put certain projects together like little jigsaw pieces to create an overall picture. So often when you organize and assign your thoughts something great arises, but when you sit in front of a blank sheet of paper and want to start working or developing something, this yawning emptiness often arises in the brain. The ADHD brain is a revolutionary and it is extremely reluctant to be forced to do anything, at most at the last minute. But harvesting and sorting thoughts requires self-discipline and that you always have the appropriate utensils with you such as: pens, notepad or sticky notes, cell phone or dictation machine and that you use them regularly.

Now there is another important property of the ADHD brain, namely that it is very often bored and then just goes for a walk. It listens to what others are saying at the next table or a good thought is just coming up at the traffic light. Here, too, the point is to find out what a good thought is and to hold on to it, while during the conversation at the next table it would be good to have a reminder that friends could be offended if they do not know what is being said at their own table. It's really unbelievable that in addition to all the junk that an ADHD brain thinks and gets distracted by, there are always great ideas.

It is also important to point out that ADHD users should avoid overstimulation and disruptive factors whenever possible. Every distraction and every new stimulus worsens concentration if the current activity is not particularly exciting. The more distractions and stimuli there are, the more information is absorbed by the ADHD brain and has to be processed and processed. And every new stimulus also creates more distraction. For this reason, it is also not good to do more than one thing at the same time or to listen to music, watch TV or play computers. Information overload can lead to his data crash on his brain hard drive and further aggravate chaotic and erratic thinking. This also means that far too much information ends up on your brain's hard drive and your brain can no longer prioritize, which means that it has difficulty distinguishing between what is important and what is unimportant. This happens e.g. When surfing the Internet, when you are looking for a specific piece of information and end up somewhere else entirely. Here it can help you to say out loud what you want to work on before you start surfing, or to write down your question exactly. There are also helpful apps such as Vit. K (unfortunately only in English) that help you stay focused.

The ADHD brain often has difficulty learning too. What has been learned is not processed and stored so well in the main memory. This can be related to the fact that there is too much unimportant information. Unfortunately, you are forced to learn more than others and, above all, to repeat. It is helpful that you say what you have learned out loud and repeat it over and over again. It is important for you to create a learning plan for exams and to work through it every day. And here again applies: “The more boring the material, the more difficult it is for you to learn it.

Unfortunately, the chaos that prevails on the desk or in the apartment also prevents clear thoughts. A tidy environment also helps to sort yourself better and also to feel tidier yourself.

Most ADHD people are the spontaneous, creative thinkers and not the analysts who bring sophisticated and brilliant projects to a close. So it can make a lot of sense for you to get together with people who can think this way and you can learn a lot from those who work in a structured way and are precise and careful. It can be a good combination to look for people who are exactly complementary in their characteristics. The prerequisite for this is the tolerance and appreciation of others who think, feel and act differently.

But unfortunately there are always those boring duties that have to be done every day. ADHD sufferers can experience trivial activities as hard work themselves and lead endless discussions about the sense or nonsense of these activities: but it is of no use and the sooner you do these unspeakable jobs, the sooner you have fun and time for something better. The more energies you put into avoiding duties, the more you spoil the mood and it is wasted energy and time. It is best for you to promise yourself rewards for the work you have done. Unfortunately, this annoyingly boring saying applies here: “Work first, then enjoyment”. Most ADHD people are committed freedom fighters, anarchists and do-gooders who do not want to be patronized or restricted by rules. You probably also know that you hate nothing more than daily routine, boring activities and: "you have to and you should". Even as adults, these sentences are often simple: "no go", even if you say them to yourself. It is helpful, instead of motivating yourself with the annoying prompts like: “You finally have to” .. rather say to yourself: “It is better for me if I do this unpleasant thing right away and give yourself a nice reward in prospect. Think about how you can reward yourself. Positive reinforcement is always better than pressure and coercion, even if it is your own. And how often did you hear these threatening sentences in your childhood like: "If you don't now, then ..."

It is also important to note that you do not start several things at the same time. Do not jump from one activity to another, as there is always a risk of getting bogged down. 10 things done a little, stays a little, one thing right, makes a good feeling! Do things that you start with focus, do them right and finish them “This mnemonic is important because it is a key to success. You also know that unfortunately you only tend to get things done up to 80%. This creates a lot of resentment among others who would like to see things completely finished and who are annoyed about unfinished things. So many great deeds of yours, you wreck yourself because you don't do them to the end.

  • The ADHD brain can perform amazingly well and come up with great ideas through its spontaneity and its ability to hyperfocus.
  • In the routine of everyday life, however, simple duties can cause considerable difficulties. An important tactic for using your ADHD brain is to write down and make lists and to jot down good ideas that need to be assigned to specific projects.
  • Without a note you simply get bogged down.
  • When doing boring activities, try to motivate yourself with rewards
  • Avoid distraction and overstimulation.
  • Apply the rules regularly!