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Why Sharing Too Much Information Could Be Common with ADHD

June 18, 2020 Tonie Ansah

How do you know if sharing too much information is a problem attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) causes for you? Do you ever find yourself during a conversation anxiously waiting for the person to finish their sentence so you can get your thoughts out before you forget? Do you have word vomit, fixate over the things you wish you would've said, or do you go off on tangents when you speak? Even worse, have you been told or noticed that you share too much information? Then you're in good company. 

I like to think of my tendency to share too much information as being transparent, but for some—oversharing can come across as abrasive or untrustworthy. So, I was pleased to learn that oversharing appears common in those with ADHD. But why? It's not like you're trying to be rude or be abrasive, it's just that you have so many thoughts that flood your brain all at once. 

The Link Between Sharing Too Much Information and ADHD

I searched the Internet to find the link between oversharing and ADHD, but the connection right now seems unclear. Some ideas have been proposed by others who also have a habit of sharing too much information, but the subject isn't well-studied.

In today's video blog1, I explore some possibilities about why oversharing is common for those with ADHD and how I've personally had to scale back my need to be "authentic" and gage social situations a little better. 

Source

  1. The Understood Team, "ADHD and Oversharing: What You Need to Know." Understood.org, Accessed June 17, 2020.

APA Reference
Ansah, T. (2020, June 18). Why Sharing Too Much Information Could Be Common with ADHD, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, September 27 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/livingwithadultadhd/2020/6/why-sharing-too-much-information-could-be-common-with-adhd



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KW
August, 4 2020 at 7:55 pm

I tend to over share also. Sometimes I think it is just to fill the silence; sometimes I don’t know why.

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