Totally ADHD Childhood Quirks I Thought Everyone Had

The traits that screamed I was a child with ADHD and why no one picked up on them

Eliza Lita
ILLUMINATION

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ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) often gets stereotyped as a condition affecting bouncing-off-the-walls boys. But the reality is, girls with ADHD can present quite differently. Their “quirks” (read: symptoms), as many people see them, might not always be disruptive, but they can have a big impact on their lives.

I was once a girl who didn’t know why she was ever so slightly different from most of her peers. Something always felt off. From my wild imagination to my inability to sit in silence and my scattered crafty obsessions, I was always told I was a special, gifted kid.

The problem is, the adults in my life back then didn’t realise how seriously ‘special’ I was. So I decided to disclose some of my childhood quirks that screamed ADHD, although I wasn’t a fidgety boy with bad grades.

Disclaimer: This article is based on my experience as an unmedicated ADHDer in the process of diagnosis. ADHD is different for each individual who lives with it. The quirks below are personal to me, although they do fall under common symptoms of ADHD in girls.

Obsessing Over Books

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Eliza Lita
ILLUMINATION

ADHD, books, writing, fitness, lifestyle. | Founder and editor: Coffee Time Reviews. | Library Mouse | Language nerd.