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What does it mean by hyperactive?


Sometimes, when I get excited, my mind rushes really fast it’s hard for me to concentrate. There have been times when I said ” why wont this brain shut off”, but I not physically hyperactive.


Does this count as hyperactivity, or does hyperactivity in ADHD only mean physically (like running around, not sitting still, etc) ?

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I’m no expert and am pretty new to this having been officially diagnosed just two weeks ago and have been researching for about a month, but the symptoms you describe seem to fit more into the “inattentive” category than the “hyperactive” one.

While the term ADHD has been coined to include hyperactivity, it is NOT a prerequisite condition, and many ADHD sufferers are not hyper in the slightest, especially females.

I suffer from both, but when I’m hyper I pace my apartment like a caged lion talking to myself, bite at my hands, bounce my leg at about 80 bpm, and shift positions an abnormal number of times, among other things.

I’m a 38 year old male that has suffered from both my entire life.

The “hyperactive” topic seems to be hot button of late, as people are questioning the high number of young males diagnosed compared with a proportionally low number of females. The worry is that “boys being boys” are being diagnosed with ADHD and being medicated for simple rambunctiousness, while children of both sexes without the hyperactivity but with other ADHD symptoms aren’t being diagnosed properly.

Posted by Bumr50 on Jan 27, 2014 at 1:51pm

Sometimes around that time of the month, my brain will NOT shut up. Last night, I couldn’t sleep,so I pulled another all nighter…. Benedryl for my allergies helps. About a few days before that time of the month, I swear I could go without sleep for 3 days.. Does this bother anyone at nighttime???

Posted by Lilapsophile on Jan 31, 2014 at 3:20pm

I had someone explain to me that Inattentive Type ADHD is racing in the brain and Hyperactive/Impulsive Type ADHD is the need to be moving physically, like me. 

I relate to a non-stop motor.  When I got diagnosed 18 months ago, I immediately related to the Tazmanian Devil from Bugs Bunny.  I remember how scary the character was a kid.  He just plowed through trees.  My thoughts were “nothing can stop him.”  He scared the crap out of me at 7 years old.

Imagine my delight when I realized I was the Tazmanian Devil and had been for 49 years!!!

I just plowed through life.  My motor never stopped.  I never slept! I took Melatonin for 20 years nightly before my diagnosis, the last year I took 10 mg nightly just to knock myself out.  It was horrendous.  I couldn’t fall asleep, only slept 3-4 hours, would wake up wide awake between 2-4AM and then have trouble going back to sleep.

I would wake up every morning bone-dead tired.  I honestly don’t know how I made it to 49 without checking out.  It gets harder and harder to cope with sleep deprivation as you get older.

Thank goodness for all the different healing modalities there are to treat ADHD.  I am grateful to have found one that turned off the motor for good!

Mitzi

Posted by Mitzi Maine on Feb 19, 2014 at 3:13am

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