Is this related in any way to ADD?
I am a 43 yo male recently diagnosed. All my life I have had difficulty getting the right words out that truly express how I feel. I hesitate when I am angry, sad, confused, even happy not because I don’t FEEL anything, but simply because I can’t seem to SAY anything. Everyday small talk is simple enough and I have no problem giving a verbal response to a complicated/technical question related to my work, but in these situations, there is little emotion involved. When trying to discuss a difficult emotional topic, even with my spouse, it takes several attempts to get the right words to pass my lips. It is not that I don’t want to say anything or that I am trying to avoid confrontation. It’s more like my tongue is tied. My mind goes blank, like I have completely forgotten why I brought it up in the first place or that I have forgotten all my verbal skills that should have been learned in childhood. Generally, I give it my best shot and end up saying something that doesn’t quite hit the mark and over the next several tries I eventually start to understand what I was trying to say. In the mean time, the other person has pulled their hair out and might be glaring at me with their arms folded. Is this an ADD thing?
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