ADHD Clumsiness — ADHD Tip O the Day 931

Are you clumsy?  I am. We have ADHD. 

Did you know that clumsy is a part of ADHD, even if it’s not in the criteria for diagnosis?  It’s not a criteria because the criteria are chosen to distinguish a diagnosis from other possible diagnoses, and clumsy does not do that, because it apparently can come from a number of other diagnoses. There are other symptoms that are similarly not in the criteria but that we ADHDers have more than our share of.  Irritability is one for example.

My view is that if the wiring between our cerebellum and our basal ganglia is screwed up, both of which are involved with coordination of movement, then guess what.  Dyscoordination, uncoordinated, klutzy, clumsy!

Our problems are more in fine motor movements than in large motor movements.  So in football, I could play in the line but never be a back or a receiver.  But we can have problems in large motor movements too; I was the second slowest guy on the team.

We also have problems with balance, related mostly to the cerebellum.

So my theory is that our cerebellums (cerebella?) and basal ganglia are screwed up themselves, and not just the connections between them.


With practice exercises we may be able to improve our coordination and our balance somewhat, and that might even improve our ADHD symptoms somewhat.  Maybe.



ADHD Clumsiness    

Big study on this – 

More Clumsiness 

Quote O the Day:

“If I haven’t dropped it, spilled it, or knocked it over, it’s probably nailed down.”


Personal Notes O the Day:

The more I learn about ADHD, the more it explains about me and my experiences. 

I plan to discuss diagnosis, the DSM, and it’s criteria soon.  (“I plan to” – right!)


Pet Peeve Number Four:

When I finally learn how to use something like WordPress and it’s working fine and they decide to “improve” it and totally screw it up.

Grandkids are wonderful
Don’t forget the poor old cerebellum.

#ADHD, @addstrategies, @adhdstrategies, @dougmkpdp

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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