free2beme, I feel your pain. I could never come up with the right words to explain how it feels to brush my teeth. IT IS like revulsion. Perfect words. You know you have to do it, but you literally have to talk yourself into every single time. It shouldnt be that difficult to do something so easy and quick. However, I never said anything or asked anyone about it, because its embarrassing and because of the stigma that comes with telling anyone that. Just like everything else in life with ADHD, people will tell you.. Just do it, just leave on time, just put things where they belong, just make a schedule, ITS NOT THAT HARD. But That’s like telling someone with Depression, to just suck it up and get over it. UGH the lack of perspective/empathy people have is sad.
I wonder what the Aversion is to it?? I’ve been trying to figure it out for years. The one place I don’t mind doing it is in the shower, I leave a toothbrush and toothpaste in the shower. I have no idea why it doesn’t bother me there.
I’m starting to think it’s the way the toothpaste feels. The foaminess of it. YUCK… I gag almost every time i brush, except in the shower, with water running in my mouth the whole time. I dont gag at the dentist either, the granulated toothpaste they use is very satisfying to me. I have even thought about googling.. is there such a thing as a brushing your teeth phobia?
Now that i know i’m not the only one, I don’t feel as embarrassed about reaching out and researching it. SO THANK YOU for sharing.