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Why Sharing Too Much Information Could Be Common with ADHD

June 18, 2020 Tonie Ansah

How do you know if sharing too much information is a problem attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) causes for you? Do you ever find yourself during a conversation anxiously waiting for the person to finish their sentence so you can get your thoughts out before you forget? Do you have word vomit, fixate over the things you wish you would've said, or do you go off on tangents when you speak? Even worse, have you been told or noticed that you share too much information? Then you're in good company. 

I like to think of my tendency to share too much information as being transparent, but for some—oversharing can come across as abrasive or untrustworthy. So, I was pleased to learn that oversharing appears common in those with ADHD. But why? It's not like you're trying to be rude or be abrasive, it's just that you have so many thoughts that flood your brain all at once. 

The Link Between Sharing Too Much Information and ADHD

I searched the Internet to find the link between oversharing and ADHD, but the connection right now seems unclear. Some ideas have been proposed by others who also have a habit of sharing too much information, but the subject isn't well-studied.

In today's video blog1, I explore some possibilities about why oversharing is common for those with ADHD and how I've personally had to scale back my need to be "authentic" and gage social situations a little better. 

Source

  1. The Understood Team, "ADHD and Oversharing: What You Need to Know." Understood.org, Accessed June 17, 2020.

APA Reference
Ansah, T. (2020, June 18). Why Sharing Too Much Information Could Be Common with ADHD, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2021, October 16 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/livingwithadultadhd/2020/6/why-sharing-too-much-information-could-be-common-with-adhd



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Courtney
February, 21 2021 at 12:59 pm

So interesting! Recently diagnosed here at 38. The way it has manifested for me, is that I tend to have a lot of close friends who know some of my darker and more intimate secrets - which is great b/c I have a support network and can turn to them. However, even though I’m there for them 100%- the intimacy level is asymmetric- I don’t know about their inner lives as much b/c they don’t share and I don’t ask the right questions I guess. RSD is a huge reason I share. Give them the juicy info so they hopefully want to be my friend

JK
February, 4 2021 at 10:08 am

Can totally relate, and I think it in my case it shys people away. As talkative as I am I still tend to stay away from social conversations in fear of saying something I shouldn't.

Seve
January, 30 2021 at 6:40 am

Wow. I’ll try not to over share but I’m 43 and just figuring this shit out now. It has made me successful in my field but explains why some people seem annoyed

Maxi
November, 30 2020 at 11:14 pm

Hi Tonie,
Thanks for posting this video! I have ADHD and definitely am an over-sharer...it’s actually funny how I stumbled upon this blog! I googled “why do I over share” not thinking it had anything to do with my ADHD. Thank you for teaching us a bit more about ourselves!
Also, RSD is a new term—will definitely have to look more into it since I resonate with your description.
I’m so happy I stumbled upon your blog! I haven’t found another blog focused on adults with ADHD that gave such straightforward in clear information. Looking forward to your future posts!!

KW
August, 4 2020 at 7:55 pm

I tend to over share also. Sometimes I think it is just to fill the silence; sometimes I don’t know why.

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