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    Quote Originally Posted by Earl Grey View Post
    I wonder how much of it is specifically picking at one's own body, or if it can be redirected, say with stress balls, or some kind of repetitive movement? There is my concern that completely curbing self-soothing behaviours which can be an outlet for managing less healthy symptoms can be damaging, perhaps akin to 'curing' stimming in autism (which is... no, don't do that. Let them stim). Such management is a part of true accessibility that addresses the specific problems person themselves face.




    As a slight OOT I have friends who help with extremely simple tasks, all I have to do is say 'dyslexlists is striking again' and they'll help me even if they normally wouldn't have others. I think it's something like, you wouldn't lift half a person's weight up the stairs, but if they are crippled you will help them walk, it just makes sense)


    (dyslexlists is just my own self made nickname for when my brain does the manic circus monkey thing, from the words dyslexia & lists)
    I don't think it's impossible but it will definitely take some training. Many websites recommend CBT. As they mention that picking at one's skin can elevate dopamine levels- a stress ball wouldn't have the same (immediate) effect. Endorphins also get released because of the damaging of the skin.
    Many tools (fidget toys?) that are used by people with autism are recommended for people with ADHD too (and I mean, everyone who feels the need to use them can). Stimming isn't bad as long as it doesn't interfere with one's daily life and (personal) health*. It would indeed be very wrong to try to reduce that kind of behavior because some people think it's weird/inappropriate.
    In my experience, scalp picking is manageable since it doesn't require 'full attention', I can still watch/listen/read but skin picking makes me waste time and severely damages my skin (as does scalp picking).

    *Social exclusion excepted. If the environment reacts negatively it can of course have negative side-effects but that's more of a social/external problem. And it can of course interfere with one's daily activities but if it keeps other symptoms under control it's rather an 'advantage'(?)/the best option.




    That's pretty handy. What kind of 'simple tasks' do you sometimes have difficulties with? (Does it tie back to the executive disfunction?)
    My therapist (at the time) also recommended me to 'ask for external help'. By par example asking classmates to 'bring me back to earth' when they notice I am not paying attention. But I'm reluctant to actually ask such thing (and it could possibly annoy me after a while).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThisName View Post
    That's pretty handy. What kind of 'simple tasks' do you sometimes have difficulties with? (Does it tie back to the executive disfunction?)
    My therapist (at the time) also recommended me to 'ask for external help'. By par example asking classmates to 'bring me back to earth' when they notice I am not paying attention. But I'm reluctant to actually ask such thing (and it could possibly annoy me after a while).
    I'm not sure if my difficulties are a specific feature of exec. dysfunction, it probably is. Usually, they are very detail-oriented things, involving things like cataloguing or working with numbers. It also happens if I have to do something that involves a step by step process, such as finding my way through several bus stops and planning out a route, or drafting out a plan for something. The numbers and bullet points quite literally 'float around'- back to my comparing it to dyslexia, but with lists. It's like a tunnel where the entrance keeps moving- it's hard to get in and through to the other end when the entrance keeps moving away from you.

    I have not told many about my ADHD, but of the friends who help me, one has disorders that impair her executive dysfunction as well, and one is just understanding and helps without complaint, understands it's no different from a diabetic who needs insulin, or the glasses he needs to see, etc.
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