Hi everyone. New here. Recently discovered How to ADHD videos and they’ve helped oh so much. I was also surprised to find a really positive community of/for people with ADHD!
That said, I have a question for one of the greatest ongoing battles I’ve had with ADHD. Any tips/input/suggestions for breaking compulsive tendencies? I’ll be up front about it, thanks to the anonymity of the internet. I have a serious nail biting issue that I’ve noticed is exacerbated during moments where I’m hyper-focused on something, whether it is homework, a show, etc. I’m currently medicated as well (15 mg adderall/ x2 a day) and when the medication is in my system- the habit only gets WORSE, or temporarily swapped out with another bad habit (teeth grinding/jaw clenching are two common substitutes). I can’t help but reflect on the immense oral fixation I have that’s linked to whenever I start to get focused on something.
I’ve tried bitter nailpolishes, filing my nails and keeping them neat and clean, and so on. But nothing I do seems to work. I just want to be able to not hide my hands when I’m around people. Any suggestions to solve this issue? And does anyone else struggle with reigning in compulsive tendencies that have been melded in alongside other ADHD struggles/quirks?