It’s called dysgraphia, another ADHD comorbidity.
This might be related to dyscoordination (basal ganglia, cerebellum), being in a hurry, and trying to get a flood of ideas down on paper before we lose them.
My handwriting caused me lots of trouble. It’s only in recent years I’ve been able to improve it at all.
Finally I saw that if I wrote an L slanting over to the right, much more than seemed reasonable, it would actually look like it was supposed to. Then I found that paying extra attention to the L’s slowed me down and that improved it all. Then I found that I need to draw an R, not write it, and then the same for an S. So now my handwriting is semi legible (most of the time).
Principles of making your life better even with ADHD:
Recognize that something is problem, not just life as it is.
Assume that every problem has a solution.
Personal Note O the Day:
Now that the handwriting problem is “solved,” I use the computer all the time instead. If only I could get it to work! Traded dysgraphia for dytechnologica.
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Oh my goodness thank you. I had noticed the past several years, I have not been able to read my journal writing or most notes I write. It was about 3 months ago I saw a Susan Branch calendar and her writing seemed on purpose, not sloppy and in a hurry. So I tried it – writing on purpose. Wow! What a difference. I was in town writing a check and the young lady said “wow you have nice handwriting”. I tried not to burst out laughing and said thank you. It was because my brain was very focused on my letter shapes.
But so often I am writing to get it out and on to the next thing before I forget. Your story encourages me to slow down and write…noticing what can help my letters be legible. PS I enjoy your posts so much. Being a woman going through menopause and just finding out 2 years ago that my life long “adaptions” are because of ADHD with a learning disability. Your tips make me feel like “it’s ok, I’m ok.” And I LOVE the funny things you add on. ~a reader from Durango
a good story. glad you like the posts. and thank you for contributing
My handwriting was mocked mercilessly by the teachers at junior school. One described it as being like a spider dipped in ink and allowed to screw across the page. Cursive writing was always be on me and still is to this day. I live with it now but I always tell my students that I would be a doctor with my handwriting if it wasn’t for the fact that I’d be so bad at it I would kill people!
ken- i feel your pain, they were always on my back about my hand writing, and i still get the comments from people even tho I’ve improved.
as always, i appreciate your commenting
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Oh, I feel this one! It was one of the things that surprised me the most after starting ADHD meds, it was how my handwriting can look neat if I put effort into it. Before meds, it couldn’t look neat even if I put effort into it.
Funny story: I remember having this problem even in elementary. I started neat but lost patience because I needed to write everything I wanted to, and the teacher said “You started off so nice and then you started writing poorly!”
ram- yep. they were always on me in school, but i never started off “so nice.”
thank you for contributing.
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