ADHD Symptoms in Adults

ADHD Humor: You Know You Have ADHD When…

…you read the last page of a book first because you can’t wait to find out how it ends, or you hunt for your cell phone while you’re talking on it…

Lost keys on house of floor a sign of ADHD.

We asked, “You know you have ADHD when…” and you shared these funny, sad, and poignant ADHDisms. Read. Share. Enjoy. Here’s to living well with — and finding humor in — attention deficit hyperactivity disorder!

1. You can’t find your car keys or your spare set, and your husband is hesitant to lend you his keys because you will probably misplace those, too. (And, you agree, he may be right!)
—Kathy Zimovan, South Carolina

2. You can’t see your alarm clock on the nightstand because of the stack of books you’re reading  all at the same time.
—Stan Herring, Birmingham, Alabama

3. You buy another organizing system, to organize your last five organizing systems.
—Letta Neely, Boston, Massachusetts

4. You look for your eyeglasses, and they are sitting on top of your head, or you find the remote control for the DVD player in the refrigerator.
—Melissa, Hampton, New Jersey

5. You can’t see over the piles of paper in your office, but when someone asks you for a document, you say, “Oh, that is in this pile.”
—Rebecca Chadwick, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania

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6. You forget what you were doing in the middle of taking a shower!
—Angela Kohlbrecher, Breezy Point, New York

7. You stop at a stop sign, sit there, and stare at the sign, waiting for it to turn green.
—Dennis Murdock, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

8. Your students remind you of what you were talking about before you were distracted by one of them sneezing.
—Rebecca Taylor, High Point, North Carolina

9. While considering your answer to a question, you wonder what’s for supper.
—Cindy, Chicopee, Massachusetts

10. The person sitting beside you grabs your attention, but so does the heating unit shutting on and off, the fluorescent light flickering above you, and a bird flying by the window!
—Kimberly Zimmerman, Kansas

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11. I’m sorry. What was the question again?
—An ADDitude Reader

12. Going shopping takes three attempts.
—Syrah, forums member

13. You have enough money in the bank to pay bills, yet you simply forget to!
—Nancy, forums member

14. You’re talking on the phone and have a moment of panic where you ask, “Where is my phone!?!” and tell the person on the other end of the line that you’ve lost your phone.
—roneydapony, forums member

15. You lose something you need…and you haven’t moved from your seat.

16. You wonder about the weird sound “everyone else’s” cars are making, only to realize, 15 minutes down the road, that you’ve been driving with your parking brake on!
—Courey, forums member

17. You dial a number, but, by the time someone answers, you forget who you’re calling.
—stew4aa, forums member

18. You realize you have five years’ worth of Christmas cards nicely printed, stuffed, addressed, and never mailed!
—kan65, forums member

19. Your spouse asks you for a cup of water and you go and make a peanut butter sandwich for yourself…
—JD, forums member

20. You spend almost an hour looking for your favorite watch, give up, and grab another watch. After you pull up your long sleeve to put the watch on, you stare for a few minutes because your favorite watch is already on your hand.
—Adsartha, forums member

21. You start cleaning the kitchen…and find something that belongs in the office. You go to the office to put it away, sit down to check your e-mail, go on Facebook instead, decide to write a poem, and several hours later realize that the water in the sink is cold.
—wifemomstudent, forums member

22. You leave with enough time to be early for your ADHD doctor’s appointment, but are thinking of other things and drive to work instead and end up late.
—Graceful Dave, forums member

23. You would rather have your purse stolen than your planner! You can replace the stuff in your purse — it would be a hassle, but it can be done. But your planner — that’s your life!
—Wander, forums member

24. You lose your son in your house. You were busy going through paperwork, when you absent-mindedly put your 20 month-old son down for a nap. Ten minutes later you come into the living room where your son normally is playing and don’t see him. You panic and yell, “I lost Jacob! I lost Jacob!” Your neighbor comes running to your apartment, with phone in hand, ready to dial 911, but she finds your son sound asleep in his bed.
—rozie, forums member

25. You drain the can of soup you just opened for lunch.
—spazmom, forums member

[You Probably Have ADHD If…]

Updated on January 24, 2020

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  1. When you’re on your way to a solid complaint/reprimand but stop yourself first and ask the other person if you asked/told them out loud to do something, or just thought in your head that you needed to ask/tell them.

    Luckily my 8 year old has not caught on to this being a way to get away with something yet! :p

  2. You never ever run out of clutter , you have about five magazine subscriptions . All of them in clutter and you have not read any one of them…. because you’re too busy doing other things And you will get to it later. More than a years’ worth

  3. When you are following your real estate agent to view another home and you forget what you are doing and just drive home. You realize your error when the real estate agent texts you the address of the next home to see.

  4. When you’ve been sitting stil for a very long and frustrating time and you finally get to run while seated. Those legged are just a going a hundred miles an hour and then you are rewarded with a blast of euphoria. You feel so good while down the row everyone is looking at you cross eyed and you just keep on running… your chair. Can you spell relief? Fidgeting = endorphin!

  5. When you get so meta with your ADHD that you recognize your recent whirlwind of organizational activity is ACTUALLY your anxiety fumbling around with various attempts at executive functions in order to deal with (insert overwhelming task here), then decide to confront your anxiety head on by looking up ways to do (insert overwhelming task here) efficiently…

    …resulting in an 8 hour internet wormhole that has just become your NEW method of stress related avoidance. Realizing this, you grit your teeth and refocus your efforts on finding ways to deal with executive function issues more efficiently…with a NEW internet search…

  6. You know you have ADHD when you let the dogs outside, let them back inside the house, and you have no memory of allowing them back in, so you panic and start looking for them outside, but the dogs are sitting in their beds in the house.

  7. I sit down to update the website so that people can finally begin to register and pay for an event that’s coming up in only 2 months. I have only 3 hours to spare right now! I only need to add the paypal link, and a registration form. But I see that the site banner is boring and very outdated, so open adobe illustrator to make a new one. It will need images, so I open explorer to see what I have, and the images are all huge, they need to be cropped and shrunk, so I open photoshop to edit them. An hour has passed. I create a banner I’m happy with, (90 minutes have passed, and I still need to shower, too) and decide to convert the file to an image to use on the website (because easier), but find that illustrator won’t save as an image file (what the…?) And then find my version of photoshop won’t open illustrator’s file. I google it (black hole alert!), and 30 minutes later find a free software to fix this (2+ hours have passed) so download. 20 minutes later, I realize I’ve succumbed yet again to mission-creep (shocking!), and go to the paypal site to make an “add-to-cart” button, and take too long doing it, and paypal makes me start over. (grrrrr!) (3 hours gone…) I go to google to create the google-form to use for registration, and…. Late, yet again. Mantra: avoid mission-creep. Avoid mission-creep. Repeat. 😁

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