“steaming” is a poker term. When you got a really good hand, and you played it perfectly, and then you lost a big pot because some bozo made an incredibly lucky draw and beat you, you are likely to be “steaming’, which means you are frustrated, upset, and determined to get it back all at once on the very next hand. At that point, you are very vulnerable.
We who are coping with ADD or ADHD get vulnerable too, meaning there are times when our ADD symptoms get worse, when we are more likely to be impulsive, inappropriate, and to mess up. This could be when we are tired, or stressed, feeling overloaded or overwhelmed. There are strategies for coping with this:
1. use strategies to avoid getting into the vulnerable state in the first place
2. be aware of this phenomenon and recognize when you are in a vulnerable state
3. take a break (this is what the poker player needs to do)
4. then deal with whatever the source of the tiredness or overwhelmed or etc. is before trying to go on with other things (you may just need a nap)