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Over-analyzing
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Hi!
I’ve been recently diagnosed about a month ago. I’d like to know if many of you tend to over-analyze everything and/or everyone and if so, how you deal with it…

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It is ironic that if you try hard not to analyse you actually enhance your focus on the problem.

It might be a good idea to keep a list of things to analyse throughout the day and then pick a time in the early evening totally devoted to analyzing.

Posted by John Tucker, PhD, ACG. ADHD Coach on Aug 03, 2014 at 4:45pm

I think that since you are already aware of over-analyzing that you now will be able to work out how and what to do so that it is no longer a problem, but an asset.

Posted by Rancher John on Aug 03, 2014 at 6:00pm

YES, I over analyze everything.  Just everyday stuff.  If someone mentions something to me about nutrition, or any generic topic.  I immediately want to get more information, and jump on the computer.  Recently, I was visiting FL, and my sister and I got in a little (argument of sorts) and she yelled at me, “All you do is get on the computer constantly trying to get information”.  hmmm, I guess it just seems logical to me that if there is a question about anything, then just find out the answer by google-ing it.  Anyway, I need my meds checked again!!  smile

Posted by freetobe on Aug 03, 2014 at 8:38pm

As far as how do I handle it?  I don’t know yet,  I just noticed it was kinda out of control.  My brain won’t stop lately, even though I’ve been on meds for a long time (wellbutrin and ritalin at times).  I have some family stress going on which is NEW, parents getting older/hospitalization and such.  Not sure if this has caused a lack of sleep and making me a research-aholic.

Posted by freetobe on Aug 03, 2014 at 8:38pm

I like to think that now I know who and what I am, I can understand what is happening.
I claim to not over-analyse, just analyse enough to understand—Well, that is my claim.  hah.
Most of my analysis is to make the most of my different skills and to stop trying to do things that just don’t work for me.

Posted by Bob from Cootamundra on Aug 04, 2014 at 4:15am

Over-analyzing could be hyperfocus (http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/612.html, http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/11/9627.html), or it could be anxiety (http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/1987.html). I think it can also be a need for control when you feel out of control (which could be due to ADHD or anxiety, or both).

Try to limit yourself with a timer or by reserving research for a certain block of time each day.

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

Posted by adhdmomma on Aug 04, 2014 at 2:19pm

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