Can you sit still?

HylianHylian Citizen, Mentor
I legitimately cannot sit or stand still for the life of me. I have to constantly fidget/stim to stay comfortable and focus on anything. The only time I am still is if I'm laying down to go to sleep. I have ASD and ADHD, and am wondering if other people with ASD and/or ADHD have this issue.

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  • HylianHylian Citizen, Mentor
    Also, if I'm making too many posts I can lessen the amount I'm making, I just usually try to copy over posts I make on other ASD forums because I'm interested in peoples input here. Honestly, y'all give me more in-depth input and stay on topic a little better. :P
  • Statest16Statest16 Citizen, Mentor
    I'm better at now but I'm more meds than I used to be.
    Maybe try low dose seroquel it could calm you stay around 100MG
  • HylianHylian Citizen, Mentor
    Statest16 said:
    I'm better at now but I'm more meds than I used to be.
    Maybe try low dose seroquel it could calm you stay around 100MG
    I used to take Ritalin for ADHD as a kid and I can't remember if it made me more still or not. I don't know about how taking an antipsychotic would work, since I've heard they're used for tics and OCD, but I think my issue in the OP is more like just overall, innate restlessness? I dunno.
  • Teach51Teach51 Citizen
    edited October 27
    My son hated taking Ritalin for ADHD, it took all the vitality out of him though it was miraculous how it improved concentration and academic performance. It turned him into a zombie. He was on the handball team and it took all the fight out of him so I allowed him to stop taking it. It's difficult for him to sit still unless he is doing something, playing a musical instrument or messing with his phone. 

  • HylianHylian Citizen, Mentor
    Teach51 said:
    My son hated taking Ritalin for ADHD, it took all the vitality out of him though it was miraculous how it improved concentration and academic performance. It turned him into a zombie. He was on the handball team and it took all the fight out of him so I allowed him to stop taking it. It's difficult for him to sit still unless he is doing something, playing a musical instrument or messing with his phone. 

    I was pretty hyper as a kid, and after thinking about it more I think Ritalin did make me a bit more chill, though I was so hyper that I don't know if it did much (thinking about the reactions of adults around me and them trying to handle me I'll say it did not lol). I'm sorry to hear that it made your son feel like a zombie. I've heard that before and it sounds so frustrating to have a medicine that works for your focus, but messes with other, equally important aspects of your life such as energy and physical activity.
  • My son's ADHD is debilitating. His inability to be still means he messes with his phone while driving, sends text messages and does many dangerous things. This is who he is though and as a child he told me that the Ritalin changed him into somebody else that he didn't like. That broke my heart and I decided that his school performance was less important than his emotional well being. He is still studying though and he is in his late thirties. When he found his niche he persevered. As a teacher I have learned that with ADHD it is all a matter of motivation, when they really want to achieve something my ADHD students find very creative ways to succeed. 
  • HylianHylian Citizen, Mentor
    Teach51 said:
    My son's ADHD is debilitating. His inability to be still means he messes with his phone while driving, sends text messages and does many dangerous things. This is who he is though and as a child he told me that the Ritalin changed him into somebody else that he didn't like. That broke my heart and I decided that his school performance was less important than his emotional well being. He is still studying though and he is in his late thirties. When he found his niche he persevered. As a teacher I have learned that with ADHD it is all a matter of motivation, when they really want to achieve something my ADHD students find very creative ways to succeed. 
    I can agree that it's debilitating. My ASD has its challenges, but ADHD seems to play on some of those things (like the already present executive functioning issues), and then adds more problems like impulsivity, hyperactivity, etc. Even as an adult and after developing coping skills I can still be very impulsive sometimes, and if I don't consciously stop myself and rethink things I can do questionable, dangerous things without realizing. I honestly think the hyperactivity and impulsivity component of my ADHD is more debilitating than the executive function and attention component, as they just exacerbate the latter issues + bring their own.

    I also found it interesting that after I went into online schooling I did a lot better academically. I was told it'd be harder with my ADHD and that I shouldn't do it, but not being in a regular, overcrowded, distracting school environment actually helped me realize how much I actually enjoyed learning, and after realizing that I found my own motivation to complete my work (and even though I still procrastinated and had issues due to family problems, I think I would have done worse in regular schooling with my ADHD and ASD).
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