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ADHD Teens and Young Adults

Weird Addiction

Hey everyone,
I wasn’t sure in which of the million (slight exaggeration on my part!) or so groups I should post this question, but here it goes.
Has anyone ever heard of a writing addiction? I just can’t stop myself from writing; writing fiction, writing poetry, writing journals… And it’s wonderful and everything but I’m really worried that it’s interfering with my other commitments and such. I’m 23 and I go to university ( I major in Business Administration and wonder just HOW I’ll manage my future career) so naturally I would have studies, family commitments, financial worries and the like. I also love reading, and when there’s a new book nearby I’ve never read before, that would be the thing I just HAVE to have. I will have to read the book until the end. But the difference between my reading and my writing addiction is that with writing my words NEED to come out on paper. I can stop reading and feel the itch to go back to the book, but it’s not quite like the feeling of emptiness and loss I feel when I’m not writing. I feel I have to express my ideas. And it doesn’t help that I’m an extremely shy girl. I seldom express anything verbally, and when I do, I feel like I haven’t said everything I need to say and that’s when I feel I need to go write something. And the cycle continues…
Does anyone know of anything that might help? Is this the hyperfocus that we A.D.Ders have? If so, how do I manage it properly? Thanks, everyone.



There is a condition called Hypergraphia, where the individual is compelled to write. It also could be a compulsive disorder, like OCD, or even simply hyperfocus (,

It’s best to talk with your doctor about this to get some resolution.

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

Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 22, 2014 at 1:30pm

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