ADHD and Clumsy


I’ve always been clumsy, uncoordinated.

When I’m putting a clean dish up on the shelf, I often hit the edge of the dish on the shelf. It’s the same if I’m taking a dish off the shelf; I’ll hit it on the shelf or on another dish.

When I reach for a glass, I often nearly knock it over rather than grasping it.

This seems to be a difficulty with spatial perception. It could be that with the bad eye I have no depth perception, but also with ADHD miswiring, and the basal ganglia and cerebellum are involved in making smooth movements. Clumsiness is often associated with ADHD.

It’s always something.

Strategy: be aware of these specific problems, the dish, the glass, and learn to be extra cautious at that time. This is not the same as “be more careful!“ , but needs to be aimed at small specific problems in order to have any effect.

Personal Notes O the Day:

I’m still trying to remember how to do the images on these posts.




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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2 Responses to ADHD and Clumsy

  1. Dee says:

    Oh yes! This is why my mom put me in ballet at 10 yo. and acquired the nickname “grace”. Walking across the living room carpet, would trip and fall flat on my face, and usually injured something. Today, it happens more when I am starting to get tired, or overstimulated. Thanks Doug for sharing. Habit: when I notice clumsy things (dropping the salt/pepper while making dinner) I grab something warm to drink and go sit down to take 5.


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