People with ADHD tend to be impulsive and lacking in social skills. Those may be related? We tend to blurt out, to say inappropriate things.
Can you think of your most embarrassing moment? Was it related to ADHD? Mine was.
Think of a boy in junior high school. What are those boys like?
It was our eighth grade graduation. I was in the third row, with parents, other relatives, and teachers in the honor seats in front of us. The dignitaries were up on the stage doing dignitarial things. It was very boring.
They finally got to the awards part and they got to the Good Citizenship Award. No one was holding their breath; it was a given that Nikki would win it.
So I was beyond shocked, startled, amazed and totally unprepared when they called my name.
I blurted out a short exclamation.
At the time that word was in common usage among me and my junior high peers and it also carried much more weight than it does these days.
I doubt if my exclamation carried much beyond the rows of adults in front of me and all the way up to the stage. I hope not. No one ever said anything about it.
” I been f—–!”
Then I went up to the stage to get my Good Citizenship Award.
As you may expect, that was not the last time I ever blurted out anything inappropriate, but it was the most outstanding. I have learned that occasionally a small voice in my head will say quietly, “Doug, maybe it would be better not to say that.” Sometimes. And sometimes I listen to it. That would be a good strategy.
(I hope you don’t think I’m bragging about my junior high school award.)