ADHD Awareness Month – Sensory Seeking/Aversion

ADHD Butterfly Source

Sensory Seeking

Sight

Sensory seek the hell out of anything aesthetically pleasing. I love nature for this. I love patterns. I am a person who loves symmetry and repetition.

Mouth/Taste

Ok I have a few things I do that are super odd. I am Autistic also. I have extreme sensitivity to texture and taste…

But my ADHD side loves hot sauce – I basically bath food in it whenever I can, most things just taste like burning. I have come to love the tang of certain flavours also.

Auditory

I have been a huge fan of audio stimming. Most of the stuff I like is considered “Dance Music” of some sort. I love a good bass line especially, but like some piano and synth stuff also. My playlist for this type of stimming can be found here:

Touch

I like fine sand. It’s small and soft and sensory heaven and it gets everywhere. I like plush fabrics. I like the sensation of these things.

Smell

I like things that smell good – random things I can think of sandalwood, lime, lemon, watermelon.

Sensory Aversion

Sight

Bright light! Bright light! I am a gremlin like Gizmo. I have a ton of rules – and I too should not be fed after midnight.

Mouth

Noodles, like most noodles. I hate thick ones especially. I dislike all seafood. I am not a huge fan of anything that is rubbery basically.

Auditory

Jazz music or anything with a lot of notes in the high treble range as a rule. That makes my ears bleed. Same with most metal music, it’s just noise to me (I know it is not just noise). Any spoon hitting a cup, people eating with their mouths open, people slurping, harsh sounds in words.

Touch

I don’t like beach sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. I hate the feeling of chalk, and I hate how it feels when you use it on a blackboard. I hate light touch, I hate clothing tags. I hate a lot of fabrics – especially polyester. I hate satin too.

Smell

Anything that smells bad, or just has a powerful scent I hate smelling. I love BBQ sauce, but if it’s left in a bowl downstairs and I am upstairs the smell irritates me so badly that I force myself to do the dishes.

Daily blog challenge

October is here usually known as ‘ADHD Awareness Month’ – but IMO we ADHDers deserve more than that – we deserve acceptance. We need to be listened to, we need realistic accommodations, and help. We need to start moving toward ADHD Pride Month. People should be able to feel proud of being ADHDers, because the alternative is shame.

For 31 days I will be writing every day on being an ADHDer using this list of prompts:

Published by roryreckons

I am an ADHD/Autism Coach as well as ADHD/Autism/OCD/CPTSD advocate and independent ADHD/Autism researcher. I am an ADHD/Autism Coach who trained through the ADD Coaching Academy. I write mainly about ADHD/Autism/OCD/Mental health issues, but will also discuss morality, abolition, and current affairs occasionally.

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