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27th Sep 2023

ADHD coach shares five lesser known symptoms that can help diagnosis

It can be hard to get an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis for multiple reasons, be it waiting lists, gender bias or even self-doubt about symptoms.

According to one American woman, Kelly Baum, who didn’t get diagnosed with the neuro-divergent condition until she was 30 years old, there are some signs people might not even be aware of.

Small things like having to listen to a song on repeat or being clumsy and bumping into things without even realising you did it could all add up.

In a TikTok Kelly explained that often times, people with ADHD tend to listen to a tune to the point where they draw all “the emotion out.”

Coming in at number two on her list was putting off a simple task, even if it could only take a max of a few minutes to complete for as long as possible.

@kellybaums Honestly my mind was blown when I found out about these after my late diagnosis ?‍?? #adhdcheck #neurospicy #adhdinwomen #latedoagnosedadhd #adhdprobs ♬ original sound – Kelly B

“You cannot get yourself to do it no matter how hard you try or no matter how many people tell you to just do it. You can’t,’ she said.

Next up is the habit of constantly running into things even if they have been in the same in your home for years on end, you just always seem to come into contact with it.

ADHD and neuro-diversity can impact your proprioception which is your awareness of the position and movement of your body,” Kelly explained, which makes sense if you always find yourself with random bruises.

In an interesting turn, coffee tends to have the opposite effect on people with the condition, often making them feel tired instead of energised.

“This has to do with the fact they have a lower dopamine level,” she said, “and when you drink coffee it raises your dopamine levels and things even out and you feel a little bit more relaxed.”

Finally coming in at number five on her list, it’s one that may effect adults a lot more than young people, sitting in the car for a while after they have reached their destination.

“This is because they often struggle with switching up tasks. It’s like you have to work yourself up to do it.”