ADHD Acceptance Month – Fidgets and Stims

ADHD Butterfly Source

Quick Note: I am back – I had a lot to deal with this past week. I just submitted a media grant proposal for a short web series on the mental distress caused by the education system to ADHD and/or Autistic people. I don’t know where I will hear back, but I put a lot of effort into it and I am pretty happy with what I did, even if it doesn’t succeed – I might pursue it personally as a project to use so many of the skills I have built up over the years.

Fidgets and Stims

I basically shake my leg constantly. This is one of my most reliable releases of energy, that doesn’t seem to annoy people. Leggy boy has been there for me in lots of stressful times.

I don’t have any fidget toys or cubes – I just use whatever I have around me. If I don’t have anything around me I tend to use unhealthy stuff. Some common unhealthy stims:

  • sucking my cheeks
  • lightly biting my lips or cheeks
  • biting my nails
  • pulling hairs on my arms/legs

The single biggest stim that I use is actually typing. I have a mechanical keyboard that is super clicky and it provides a lot of the tactile feedback I need. I also like the haptic feedback they added on digital devices – so I would say that typing is my most common and most used stim – it’s a stim that probably ended up saving my life due to the fact I ended up learning.

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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