ADHD-PI coping mechanisms and personality traits.



I’d like to start by saying that I am a predominantly inattentive subtype of ADHD and therefore do not and have never really demonstrated the classic signs of ADHD e.g. having tantrums, butting in or being disruptive. I’d love to see someone with classic ADHD make a blog like this so I can gain a better understanding.

The purpose of this blog is to discuss behavioural traits I poses which I believe stem from having ADHD-pi so others can ‘swap notes’ it may help somebody to understand themselves better as I have begun to which is a useful tool in personal development.

I would also like to discuss coping strategies I have adopted and invite you to suggest anything else which I may have missed.

So here are my symptoms that I think are most pronounced;

  • Forgetfulness
  • Inability to keep track of time leading to tardiness
  • Error making and not spotting the error after making it
  • making successive errors due to still not identifying the original error
  • Speaking at a slower pace than average
  • Losing things
  • Difficulty planning things
  • Difficulty multi tasking
  • Daydreaming

Here are some behaviours or personality traits I believe are likely to have developed as a result of the above symptoms.

  • Insecurity about error making. – this one is for obvious reasons
  • Becoming very defensive when anybody mentions an error and when it is not mentioned but has to be acknowledged being overly apologetic. – A habitual response to attempt to control the consequences of an error.
  • A natural dislike for people in authority, feeling uncomfortable around them – I believe this may stem from a lifetime of teachers, parents, bosses from telling me off and humiliating me.
  • Messiness/untidiness – This one is somewhat problematic as no one likes having an untidy house, I think this is a combination of inattentiveness (putting clothes on the floor without thinking) and difficulty planning a complex task (it can take me several hours to tidy a room, trying to coordinate where things go, getting distracted etc)
  • A natural desire for stimulants – I had this one even before I was diagnosed, a subconscious need to activate my mind somehow, coffee for example was always a must.
  • Anxiety – Always worrying about things, will I get into trouble, will I be humiliated, have I left something on and going to burn the house down, am I going to turn up an hour early or late because I misread the alarm clock etc
  • An avoidance for promotion or taking on any responsibility – this is a combination of learned helplessness i.e. poor confidence in my own abilities and an actual acknowledgement of my severe limitations.
  • Poor grades at school in classes I did not enjoy and overall poor average grades. – Because of pretty much all of the above.

Before I discuss the next section I’d just like to say that this blog is not a poor me blog or a cry for sympathy/attention, I actually very much dislike sympathy and attention (except for my own ability to sustain my own attention) This is purely meant to be to help others and help myself.

Coping mechanisms/solutions and their effectiveness;

  • Meditation – This did not really seem to work for me, I have a hard time keeping it up despite multiple attempts, I won’t disregard it though because I believe it should work and may just need more time. I would personally recommend Headspace, it seems to be a safe pair of hands and has a really great app making it more fun. meditation is supposed to enable you to have greater control over your own thoughts leading to better attention.
  • Nootropics – This is a rather broad category so I will break it down further;
  1. Noopept – seems to work very well. I like to think of it as passive in that some medications you can really feel them kicking in and awakening your mind, for me this does not. However that does not make it less effective, if anything it is more effective, just that it seems to run silently in the background passively increasing all the various metrics of your cognitive ability including those related to ADHD.
  2. Cerebrolysin – this one is quite a big deal but I haven’t actually tried it yet, I am receiving a supply imminently and have read great things about it. I try not to get my hopes up too much as I am regularly disappointed however there are clues that this may induce acute and chronic improvements that are more profound than anything else. The cheapest I have found is on Ruspharma and they are great at responding via email.
  3. Berroca – Seems to help somewhat but can be pricey for the benefit.
  4. Curcumin – Hard to really tell if it benefits but the science is there.
  5. Coffee – This is a quick accessible and easy fix which helps reduce symptoms for me.
  • Medication
  1. Straterra – I did not like this one bit, it increases noradrenalin which should increase focus, I found it made me anxious and made it very hard to have a normal conversation with anyone
  2. Ritalin – This one is my medicine of choice, not a bulletproof solution but certainly seems to increase my motivation and concentration. I do however find that I have to take periodic breaks or I start to develop unpleasant side effects including tension headache and confusion.
  • Apps – there are lots of apps that help you remember things, google does one which I cannot remember right now. There are lots of different ones so I would recommend you trying a few to see which you find works best for you.
  • Alarms – Alarms to remind you of regular events are essential, but also having multiple alarms for a single event is amazing. For example I have an alarm to wake me up, an alarm to let me know I have to leave for work in 15 mins, then an alarm for when I have to be out of the door. This really helps me get to work on time.
  • Calendars – On your phone, make sure any long term event is put in your calander to remind you the day before from doctors to paying vehicle Tax.
  • Pomodro Technique – I put this one In bold as I have found it really helpful. The basic premise is that you use an alarm (or even better a pomodro app). Write out a list of jobs for the day e.g. on a Saturday to tidy your room, post your letters, wash your car, do food shopping. Each task is allocated 25 minutes and is called a pomodro. There is a timer which counts down and you should attempt to complete the task in that time otherwise you have to create a new pomodro which is undesirable. Setting this time limit on everything helps you to focus on the task rather than spending hours washing the dishes. I find it fantastic.

So I will probably add to all this from time to time, I’d love to hear your suggestions/techniques so please message me or post in the comments.


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ADHD-PI coping mechanisms and personality traits.

4 thoughts on “ADHD-PI coping mechanisms and personality traits.

  1. Hi Ed,
    My name’s Mat and I’m a journalist currently working on a documentary programme about what it’s like growing up and living with ADHD.
    Your blog posts are really thought provoking and I’d be really interested in talking to you if that would be possible?
    There’s some more information about the project we’re doing at and I can be contacted on or 07762 846 191 if you’d be up for a chat?
    Thanks for your time,
    Mat Sims


    1. Hi Mat, yes I am always happy to help if I can. I had a look at the link and it looks very interesting. I’m usually free after 6 when I get back from work if you wanted to talk on the phone?


  2. Hi Ed,
    Deeply impressed with your introspection and analysis of the different issues that present as a result of your ADHD/PI. Many are “executive functioning” issues which Dr. Russell Barkley has proposed actually comprise a related but possibly different condition than plain old “vanilla” ADHD. There are many in the field who agree with him; those who aren’t sure are at least in agreement that the executive functioning issues are certainly front-and-center in the “PI” group. I agree with them. Hana Ann Levi Julian, MSW, LCSW-R, ADHD International


    1. Thanks for your comment Hana, I do sometimes wish that it had a different name, It’s kinda like how snooker and football are both sports even though they are both chalk and cheese. It is for the reasons you mentioned I think a lot of research is focused on the prefrontal cortex, though I also read that the bilateral gyri have also been implicated suggesting the possibility that although executive functioning may be the biggest part, there may be other things involved which is consistent with what you said. Of course I am not an expert but it is fun to speculate 🙂


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