ADD ADHD and Dyscoordination — ADD Tip O the Day 619

Clumsy, Clumsy, Clumsy – Is It ADD ADHD?

I reached for the glass, and…

– I reached too far and I knocked it over.

– I didn’t notice the glass between it and me and I knocked it over.

– I picked it up and it slipped out of my hand.

– I picked it up and my hand jerked and the wine went all over the table.

– I started to drink but I missed my lips and the wine went all over my shirt.

etc. etc. etc.

Anybody know what I’m talking about?

The ADD ADHD Brain

Clumsy is not in the list of symptoms of ADD ADHD but they often run together.

If we understand the science that shows that ADD ADHD is related to problems with the cerebellum and the basal ganglia and the circuits between them, it makes sense.  Both the cerebellum and the basal ganglia have the job of coordinating our movements.

Also, doesn’t it make sense that if part of our brain is miss wired it might have other effects in addition to causing our ADD ADHD and other parts of our brain might be miss wired as well?

A Helpmate – That’s One Strategy

“Be careful, Doug!”

My wife has the task of watching over me and trying to avert disasters.

“Move your glass back from the edge of the table, Doug.”  “Better tuck your napkin round your neck, Doug.” “You’re dragging your sleeve through your food, Doug!”

“Oh! You did it again, Doug.”

God only knows what it would be like without the supervision.  On the other hand, I don’t always fully appreciate it.


Quote the Day: 

(After I asked my wife to describe what it’s like being married to someone with ADD ADHD) –

“Its indescribable!”

Bonus Links:

Bryan’s book Ten Things I Hate About ADHD

Bryan’s important message, good news and bad news about ADD ADHD

Lots about ADD ADHD – seems like the arguers think it has to be either meds or strategies.  Why not both?

Dr. Goodwin said that the purpose of the meds is to help you focus enough to use the strategies.

Clumsy and ADD ADHD      an old post, I didn’t just get clumsy yesterday. @ADD @ADHD @ADDstrategies @ADHDadults

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I did?




About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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18 Responses to ADD ADHD and Dyscoordination — ADD Tip O the Day 619

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  4. D K Powell says:

    My son has this problem though, mercifully, it missed me. I don’t have great motor skills but being a musician has helped hone them – but sport was a no-no for me. Just no coordination at all!

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  5. I am SO clumsy! My husband’s job is to keep me out of trouble, too. When we’re shopping, he’s always moving me out of people’s way. I don’t mean to get in the way – it just happens.

    We went on vacation this past weekend to the country. We were sitting on a small dock (more like a walkway), and I made him help me up. I was terrified I was going to fall in the water and that wouldn’t have been good!

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  6. sierra529 says:

    Haha maybe it is, although when compared to all my other huge ADD issues, I’m sure it has been classified in the minor nuisance category up until now. Not sure what strategy would fix it, since all I have to do is scoop up the coffee and transfer it to the percolator basket. I spill it even when I am trying especially hard to be careful!!!

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    • sierra -you raise an important general point: if its a big enough problem and causing enough frustration, then its worth the trouble of coming up with a strategy and fixing it.
      thats usually doable if its a specific problem like this (as opposed to the general problem of being clumsy)
      but if its not, its not worth it.
      trying hard is usually not a sucessful strategy.
      thanks for your contributions


  7. busydarling says:

    TDH says I am clumsy because my elbow or knee ends up against his head or belly quite often.

    I say he’s clumsy because he keeps on bumping his head against my elbows or knees.

    I don’t think I have any other clumsy issues. Boiling over stuff doesn’t count because you’re not actually touching it.

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  8. rammkatze says:

    It’s like you read my thoughts, Doug. This is one if the things I wanted to talk to you about but never found the right subject. My legs are usually full of bruises and my hands too: I keep bumping into things and even keep painfully bumping my arms on corners and doorframes. Taking the drink to the lips and “firgetting” to open the mouth is also a classic! Dropping the same object three times in a row, like my fingers can’t focus. And the funny thing is: it all went down close to zero since I started taking the meds. I can hardly believe it’s psychological, right?


  9. sierra529 says:

    Every day I spill coffee grounds on the stove as I go to fill the percolator. Every. Single. Day.


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