What was that about? Why would I do that?
In her book, "Your Brain is Not Broken," Tamara Rosier explains that people with ADHD sometimes yell at themselves as a subconscious means of stimulating themselves to take action.
This is because almost any intense emotion — positive or negative — can activate our brain.
Researchers have shown that we ADHDers need interest as a motivator, and yelling at ourselves works because it increases interest.
While the outcome of yelling at oneself can be better focus or motivation, the other component of it — being self-critical — is not at all helpful to our ADHD brains.
But if yelling at ourselves works so well,
why should we stop?
We need to find other ways to motivate ourselves because when this technique is used frequently over many years it can compromise our physical and mental health.
That's what happened to me.
By the time I was thirty five I was suffering depression, had digestive problems and had heart beat problems that interfered with my daily life.