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Old 10-12-18, 09:52 AM
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What is an ADHD trigger?

What is an ADHD trigger and how is it different than anxiety?
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Re: What is an ADHD trigger?

I have never heard of an adhd trigger, only life triggers can you explain?
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Re: What is an ADHD trigger?

I’m trying to understand this one ADHD post. I came across these in a post:

“Sometimes, if I get triggered, it's overwhelming and I *can't* speak. So, by default I don't outwardly lose my cool. Ha.”
“I wish that was a thing that happened to me. I feel like a sawed off shotgun when I get triggered.”
“My mind gets dumb. I freeze up. I assume it's my problem and that maybe I misunderstood them. All at once.”
“I break the moment by closing my eyes. And keep them closed til I come up with a better solution than just losing it.”
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Re: What is an ADHD trigger?

Those examples sound like anxiety and/or sensory and/or cognitive overload.

I don't know if I'd describe them as "ADHD triggers", but in context it sounds like any situation in which one's abilities (to process information, to handle stimuli, to cope with anxiety, etc.) are overmatched (which, for the writer, leads to a kind of mental and/or physical shut-down).

It does sound like some of it is anxiety-related, though to the extent that the anxiety comes from something ADHD-related, I guess I could see why they might call it an ADHD trigger.
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Re: What is an ADHD trigger?

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What is an ADHD trigger and how is it different than anxiety?
I conceptualize anxiety as a mental state (that can be triggered), whereas ADHD is a specific type of non-neurotypical brain structure.
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Re: What is an ADHD trigger?

ADHD gets triggered by waking up in the morning.

But it's actually worse than that ... because tons of ADHD people have sleeping issues ...

Being a human being is my ADHD trigger.
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Re: What is an ADHD trigger?

I agree with Nam that its sounds like anxiety. Have you ever talked with your doc about this?
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Re: What is an ADHD trigger?

I didn’t know what the terminology “ADHD Trigger” meant. To me it sounded like Anxiety. That’s why I asked what the terminology meant and the difference between the two. I thought I could decipher what it was in the original post, but I had gotten more confused lol.
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Re: What is an ADHD trigger?

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What is an ADHD trigger and how is it different than anxiety?
Interesting discussion.

I think I had anxiety before I had AD(H)D, resulting in my AD(H)D.

Adoption distresses triggered abnormal amounts separation anxiety, resulting in AD(H)D.

In other words, abnormal amounts of separation anxiety indirectly triggered my AD(H)D.

(I also think different types of abnormal early life distresses can indirectly trigger AD(H)D.)

I think abnormal early life distresses due to epigenetically inherited and/or early life experiences, like different types of anxieties and depressions are AD(H)D triggers.



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Re: What is an ADHD trigger?

I've had fibromyalgia for years. Sometimes I'm not too bad, then something
will trigger a flare and the symptoms are very bad.

Maybe that's what adhd trigger means? You're doing okay for awhile and then
stress or trauma makes the symptoms terrible again.

For many women, hormones are a trigger that makes meds nearly ineffective
and symptoms like brain fog are worse for a week or so. Menopause is also a
trigger for women. My brain fog was terrible until I found Omega 3.
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