Exploring the possible link between ADHD and Perfectionism
Hi! I'm so grateful I found this space :) I've been working with my psychologist on ADHD diagnosis. And she specifically asked if I was "gifted" in primary school, which was true. She shared with me some journal articles about the prevalence of ADHD and perfectionism/imposter syndrome in adult "gifted kids". Further-- they're more likely to be diagnosed later in life, not only because ADHD is generally a struggle for diagnosis, but because of intelligence, performance, and even success in their profession. It was such an "ah-ha" moment for me and it has since been like a weight has lifted that I've been carrying around my whole life. It has allowed me to let go of some of my perfectionist tendencies and change the way I talk to myself. Exploring this diagnosis has changed my life-- and it's only been about a month of this!!
Thank you for this space :)
I'm definitely a perfectionist. I wouldn't say it benefits me in the same way it does other people (probably neurotypical). For example, I've developed a very rigid daily routine, mainly to manage my chaotic sleep patterns. I get way too upset if something disrupts it.
Very interesting read! :)
Hi so I’m a new comer I’ve read this as well as a few other of your posts I wanted to ask if you could discuss how perfectionism can affect how you feel about how other ppl do things such as if my self has adhd and I do things a certain way and my girlfriend does it a total opposite way it gets us to bump heads do you have any info on that and how we can get through it and what can help
This was enlightening. The chart especially! I really want to get on meds.