The Ideal Word Count For Someone With ADHD

A graph produced by SGA analysis from the narrative discourse of an ADHD patient, that portrays a clear lack of linearity.
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narrative discourse in older adults – R. Coelho, P. Mattos, R. Tannocz

The first time 30 Days ADHD was found by a search engine was about a year ago by someone who was looking for the answer to “The ideal word count for someone with ADHD“. Ever since this day, I have been wondering about what this person was looking for, what did he or she mean with this inquiry, what is the right answer to this question that seems just so strange to me? And who was this person?

Was it a student, trying to check if he was allowed to write a shorted essay because of his ADHD diagnosis? Or a mother, worried that her son might have ADHD after reading the essay he wrote for school? Maybe it was a blogger, just like me, trying to figure out how many words are needed to describe ADHD? Or maybe the person that asked this question just did an ADHD concentration test, something with remembering words, too curious to wait for the results and searching the internet to get more certainty about the test results.

Maybe the question was asked by someone who can not keep herself from blurting out whatever it is that pops up in her crowded mind, trying to figure out a goal to reduce her uncontrolled chatter. Or maybe it was a mother of a kid that can not stop talking, counting each word that leaves his mouth for weeks, trying to figure out what diagnosis might fit him. Or was it the opposite? A child that doesn’t speak yet, with parents that are afraid this is caused by some mental condition, maybe ADHD?

It turns out that there is actually a Korean study about word count in children in ADHD, Distinctive Linguistic Styles in Children with ADHD by K. Kim and C.H. Lee. Maybe this person was just a student, trying to find this study for one of his essays or research. A study that actually showed that children with ADHD have a lower word count, and to be honest, this shocks me, because I was an extremely good blabberer when I was young.

I believe it’s very interesting how this little sentence is able to pop up in my mind from time to time. It’s interesting how this strange question is able to make me wonder about a person I’ll never meet, a person I create a real face for whenever I start wondering, but also changes every time I do and yet still is able to make me feel compassion for him or her. This short question that does not completely makes sense is exactly something that triggers my own ADHD word count, or thought count. And to be honest, this is what I enjoy about living with my little devil inside me.

My ADHD makes me curious and creative in every way possible. I’m not just an architect or a painter or able to come up with smart solutions to small problems, instead, I am able to enjoy my own internal wondering, enjoy the way in which my brain works, enjoy my own thoughts. The chaos that comes with ADHD is not just bad or a distraction, it truly entertains me. I love the stories that can arise inside me, I love meeting the people that only exist in me, I love to get lost in my imagination. I love my brain, not even with my ADHD devil but because of him, because he makes me laugh, because he tells good jokes and because he uses the right colors.

To come back to the word count. I would say, a lot! And every single ADHD word should be heard.

PS. If you are the person that searched for this question, firstly I want to say I’m sorry for again not providing you with a clear answer. But secondly, could you please tell me the right answer to this question so I can finally stop wondering and direct my chaos to a new topic?

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