ADHD or ADD. I like to get too hung up on what it is called, but I want to share my understanding of the "H" for hyperactivity. Hyperactivity refers to the busy, busy, busy brain thinking, thinking, thinking of so many things. All this thinking goes on in the mid brain and it is managed and organized by the frontal lobe. Sometimes, the frontal lobe just can't handle the traffic.
Think of the unruly behavior of an ADHD child, can stem from something that feels like road rage being stuck a traffic jam. The external movement helps manage what's going on in the brain because movement produces adrenaline, adrenaline fuels the frontal lobe, and the frontal lobe can manage the mid brain, and manage some of the traffic, but just not for long. Not for long because the attention deficit "D" is an inability to focus one one thing someone else thinks you should be focusing on, is oddly the result of an ability to be aware of so many things at once. It can be a very exciting but eventually frustrating for a curious ADHD kid.
ADHD presents differently in adults than it does in kids. The adult brain is different. That busy, busy brain and thinking about so many things is probably why you can not remember where you put something. Instead of realizing you are smart, you feel dumb. Depression and anxiety are not uncommon, but it is important to distinguish the difference between a depressed mood of ADHD vs clinical depression. I will talk more about this in a later post.
Tip of this minute Establishing routine and structure is a non pharmaceutical intervention that really works