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ADHD and Justice Seekers

Hi guys. Any explanations why ADHD people are so Justice Seekers? How to explain it from psychological point of view?


Well, there is a lot of unfair discrimination and prejudice towards ADDers and ADHDers for starters. Have you read the “couples with ADD or ADHD” groups in this same site? It’s like they gather to tear ADDers and ADHDers into pieces. The worst part is that they think they are right in their judgement.

Posted by najn on Aug 23, 2014 at 3:58pm

define justice seeking.
I am only recently dx’d at 59 so any justice seeking I’ve done in life wasn’t about ADD. I agree with najn that the so called normals venting on the relationships with an add’er tear into their so called loved ones in a most unloving manner. And tend to blame EVERYTHING on ADD. dire warnings of doom and gloom that it can NEVER work. BS, I was married for 34 years until my husband died. And am 5.5 years into a wonderful relationship and I’m the ADD half. Gee folks, you chose this person and are bitching about things? maybe you should look at your social skills and picking a bad partner. with a 50% divorce rate, and only 4-5% of the populations being ADD, it’s not the sole cause of relationship problems. But one thing to remember, the ones who are motivated to bitch are the ones who have more severe symptoms. Mine are low to mid grade and my lifestyle has usually been quirky enough to accommodate more than a 9-5 desk job.
But I do have a strong sense of fairness. And willing to do something to stop injustice. This has ranged from taking people to small claims court, testifying against the same people when their landlord was evicting them, getting in the face of a man dressed and behaving in a manner implying he worked as a parking attending for the voting commission at a polling site and trying to hand out his tea party propaganda and getting the head of the voting commission to toss him off the site. Letters to the editor, other ways to fight injustice, bigotry, and ignorance.
I suppose part of my being willing to rumble over it may be due to the adrenaline rush and having had enough experience with being treated unfairly although not what I consider due to ADD that I gives me compassion. I think it has more to do with my mother’s disgust for bigotry, ignorance and repression and her example of standing up for what is fair. It’s just the right thing to do.

Posted by Gadfly on Aug 23, 2014 at 6:01pm

i have ADD i hate injustice, maybe its lazyness or my tendency to get bored at lightning speed,but i dont seek justice much

Posted by tomkat24 on Aug 23, 2014 at 10:48pm

I’m hugely sensitive to any kind of injustice and i think it’s because having ADD has made me feel so misunderstood over the years and so wrongly judged. Having ADD feels so unfair bc it’s a tricky condition and hard to explain. It has so many versions and variations from person to person and it feels embarrassing to talk about. Over the years i’ve often felt unfairly portrayed so when i see that happening elsewhere it’s like a thorn in my side. it makes total sense that we ADD’ers would be sensitive to others’ injustice.

Posted by carolina525 on Aug 24, 2014 at 6:32pm

First of all, sorry for my poor English, it’s not my native language.

Guys, I was not diagnosed as an ADHD at all, and I’ve realized a have it only now, when it was found for my son. However, I always was a justice seeker. Thus, for me it never was BECAUSE I am an ADHD. It simply was important for me to feel right, or to defend somebody. Btw, it even doesn’t mean I truly was right, I just felt like I’m right.

Now let’s get an example on my son. He always,  even before he become aware about his ADHD, compares the queries we (his parents) ask him to do against the queries we ask from his brother. Every time we ask something,  he asks “Why <brother> doesn’t help? This is not fear” The <brother> might help, but it will not change anything. Or I can claim my son that <brother> helped us in something else, or will do it afterwards - it doesn’t matter. Every time my son will be asked to do some home work, he will ask where the brother, and will claim “this is not fear”, because brother does nothing and he works so hard. So it’s more about allways to feel right rather than really be right.

Now, the answer that I expect is why it happens. For example, the explanation I heard about why ADHD persons are often angry is because our disorder. We are missing things, and since it happens to us more than ordinal people, we have many situations when other people see our misses. The fact we did miss something again, and it was shown to other people makes us angry. So the question is what makes us Justice Seekers?

Posted by AnADHDSurvivor on Aug 24, 2014 at 7:10pm

Great question. According to Driven from Distraction, ADHD people generally ARE justice seekers, are extremely honest, have a hard time tolerating dishonest and/or phony people, and like accuracy. I think these things all sort of go together and I see it very clearly in myself, but I’ve always wondered why this is the case.

I feel like these are good qualities to have, but sometimes it can hurt you rather than help. I have a hard time bending the truth when I probably should, and since I expected everyone to have the same sense of justice and need for accuracy that I do, I often can’t detect it when I’m being manipulated or taken advantage of—I don’t understand the motives behind it, so it’s hard to recognize.

It’s always been really hard for me to accept injustices in the world from the small to the very significant. I think that’s part of the reason I ended up studying economics—I like to justify things with numbers.

Posted by LLB827 on Aug 27, 2014 at 11:09pm

Many people with ADHD are very concrete, literal thinkers. They see black and white, no grey. This could definitely lead to discomfort when those around them are coloring within the grey.

ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Aug 28, 2014 at 12:52pm

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