Everyone has their own quirks and ADHD is no different. One common ADHD trait is asking too many questions which, for some people, can be annoying. But why do people with ADHD ask so many questions? In this article, we take a deep dive into this subject and provide some interesting conclusions.
What causes someone with ADHD to ask too many questions?
Those with ADHD often have difficulty paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviours, and may be extremely hyperactive.
Asking too many questions can be due to a number of factors. Firstly, ADHD can make it hard to pay attention to conversations and instructions. As a result, someone with ADHD may ask questions about things that they have already been told in an attempt to gain clarification.
Additionally, ADHD can cause an individual to become overexcited about something they are interested in. When this happens, they may bombard others with questions in an effort to learn more.
Finally, some people with ADHD simply have a lot of questions because their minds are always racing. Regardless of the reason, ADHD can make it difficult for those who suffer from it to keep their questions to themselves. If you know someone with ADHD, try to be patient and understand that their incessant questioning is not meant to be disruptive or annoying.
Could asking too many questions be a sign that I have ADHD?
ADHD is a common mental disorder that affects both children and adults. ADHD symptoms include difficulties with focus, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Asking too many questions can be one symptom of ADHD. When assessing whether asking too many questions is a symptom of ADHD, we first need to understand the nature of the questioning.
- Are you asking questions about things that you have already been told?
- Do you get overexcited about different topics and struggle to stop yourself from asking a lot of questions?
- Is your mind constantly racing and thinking of new questions to ask?
If you answered yes to any of the above then you may have ADHD, this is especially true if your questioning is excessive and interrupts the flow of conversation a common trait in most ADHD suffers. If you are reading this and have not been diagnosed then we would suggest getting in touch with your doctor to set up a diagnosis.
Is it possible for someone with ADHD to reduce the number of questions they’re asking?
There are a few ways in which you can reduce the number of questions you are asking. Having ADHD can make it difficult to regulate common behavioural traits that come with the condition but certain acts can be deployed to help improve how you process information and communicate with others.
See below list of some actions you can take to reduce the amount of questions you’re asking people;
- Learn to take a step back – Constantly interrupting others by asking too many questions or monopolizing the conversion can be an annoyance to people you are speaking to as you are more speaking at rather than speaking with. It’s important that you become more self-aware about this so you can learn to withdraw more from the conversation and focus more on listening to what is being said giving your ADHD brain more time to process and store the information being communicated.
- Take notes – Learning to take notes is very important for someone with ADHD because when the mind eventually wanders off all the information being relayed is lost forever so when it comes to resisting that conversation or undertaking instructions given you are bound to have a massive amount of questions. By learning to focus your attention on writing down everything being said in the conversation you will always have the option to look at your notes if you forget anything rather than bombarding the people with questions.
- Use your calendar – If information is being given about something happening on a certain date then it would be advisable to quickly create a new event in your calendar about this and set up reminders before the event so you don’t forget about this. You can add a note to do this so you are not distracted from your note-taking.
- Recap the conversion – When the conversation is finished you can simply ask for a recap, most people will be happy to do this if a lot of information and words have been exchanged during the conversation this will give you more of a clear understanding of what has been discussed by having a more simplified version of the discussion.