Anyone familiar with ADHD understands that boredom is one of the aspects that cause hyperactive behaviour. When an individual with ADHD becomes bored, the initial reaction is to find something, anything, which will relieve boredom. Unfortunately, for an individual with this behavioural issue, the boredom relief may come in the form of destructive behaviour. Those with ADHD are often thrill seekers, and since their impulse control is below average, oftentimes, a reasonable choice to cure the boredom cannot be made, which leaves them sometimes facing negative consequences for choices they did not necessarily have control over.
Intolerance for Boredom
For someone with ADHD, boredom is not the same for someone without ADHD. For someone with ADHD, boredom is actually intolerable both physically and mentally. Those without ADHD may find it hard to comprehend, and may not understand how boredom could cause such distress. For someone with ADHD, the minute boredom presents itself, action must be taken to dissuade it. Furthermore, the person with ADHD typically does not even realize they are acting in a hyperactive manner, only realising they need to get rid of the boredom and if that requires multi-tasking at the speed of a superhero, then so be it.
Producing Constructive Reactions to Boredom
Since those with ADHD commonly revert to destructive behaviours as part of a symptom of the disorder, it may be necessary to put a plan into place, so when the individual senses a hyperactive bout, he/she can attempt to deal with it in a constructive way. While this will not be easy or appealing, beginning to recognise triggers can help with redirecting behaviour. One way to attempt changes in behaviour may be to develop a list of constructive hobbies, such as drawing, writing or participating in athletic activities. This is no easy feat, but as part of cognitive therapy, the repeated practice of this one behaviour change can benefit the individual with ADHD greatly.
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