ADHD and impulsive speech

ADHD Impulsive Speech

INTERRUPTING

I completely understand how frustrating it can be to be interrupted while you’re trying to speak, but sometimes we really struggle in this area!! 😫 As much as we try to control it, we might blurt out something mid-conversation because we get so excited or have a thought that we don’t want to forget. It’s like trying to hold in a sneeze, you know? 😭

interrupting ADHD impulsivity

IMPATIENCE

It’s tough to keep our excitement in check when we’re just bursting with ideas. And let’s be honest, waiting for someone to finish their sentence can sometimes feel like an eternity, especially when we think we know what they’re trying to say. 😳

I’m also aware that finishing their sentences for them is like trying to put on someone else’s shoes – it just doesn’t fit right! It’s important to practice mindfulness and active listening to really understand where the other person is coming from. After all, we’re all unique individuals with our own experiences and perspectives. 😊

IMPULSIVE YES!

We may also have a tendency to say “yes” impulsively. ADHD’ers may have a hard time resisting immediate gratification and the excitement of new opportunities or experiences. Additionally, we may struggle with setting priorities and making decisions, leading to us saying “yes” to everything out of fear of missing out or disappointing others. This can lead to a whole lot of stress and overwhelm. 🀯

OOPS, I DIDN'T MEAN TO SAY THAT

Sometimes, our thoughts are just too eager to escape our brain and spill out of our mouths, consequences be damned. It’s like a high-speed train with no brakes – things can go off the rails pretty quickly. πŸ˜… Speaking quickly and having racing thoughts can definitely make communication a bit of a challenge and put us in awkward situations.

OVERSHARING

Ohhh the oversharing! πŸ’€ Sometimes our social filter is more like a social colander – everything just slips right through. It’s like we’re trying to make a connection, but we accidentally hit the oversharing button and end up spilling way more than we intended.Β 

STRONG EMOTIONS

When our emotions are running high, it’s like we’re riding an emotional rollercoaster that we just can’t seem to control. 🎒  We get so caught up in the moment that we don’t think about the consequences of our words – we just blurt them out. And it’s not just the negative emotions that can trip us up – even with excitement, we can sometimes forget that not everyone is as interested as we are. We might start rambling on and on about something we’re passionate about, only to realize later that we’ve lost our audience. πŸ˜…

WhAT i've learned

Impulsive speech can lead to some funny or awkward situations.

  1. Practicing active listening and being genuinely curious about what the other person is saying helps me stay focused on the conversation.
  2. It may seem like a small thing, but taking notes can really help me keep track of my thoughts and make sure I don’t forget something important.
  3. Being honest with the other person and apologising if I interrupt or blurt things out. I want the other person to feel heard and valued, even if I mess up sometimes.
  4. When I feel overstimulated and unable to show up, I try to take time out to care for myself.
  5. It’s okay to have those awkward, silly moments and not judge myself too harshly.
  6. I’ve learned to embrace my openness and vulnerability, but also to set boundaries for the level of intimacy and willingness of the other person. It’s important to find a balance that works for both of us.
impulsive speech might get us in tricky situations

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