I am a 34-year-old male who resides in Salem, Massachusetts. I’ve been diagnosed with combined-type ADHD for as long as I can remember.
To keep my seriously intense hyperactivity, impulsivity, talking-over-people and talkative nature (except mornings because I’m a night 🦉 like no one’s biz) and attention-deficit symptoms in check, I see a therapist on a biweekly basis, rely on lists, digest 30 mgs of Adderall per day (10 mgs every four hours) and practice nearly daily meditation (Sam Harris’ Waking Up app is my jam and saved my life).
My saint of a patient and tolerant boyfriend going on two and a half years now (but he struggles and is still learning about my condition) brought to my attention a while back just how many layers of clothing I wear during the four seasons compared to other people. I am about 5’ 8” and weigh 150 to 160 lbs.
When I dress, I have to always, always, always wear a short-sleeved, white t-shirt under a short-sleeved/long sleeved shirt. I literally cannot function without a white t-shirt.
During the summer/spring: I will often wear two layers: the white t-shirt and a long sleeved Oxfords or mono-colored, long-sleeved shirt. In early spring, I still wear a sweater or a hoodie.
During the fall, it’s the above plus a sweater and hoodie (my hoodie collection is ginormous) and, in later fall months, a coat.
During the winter, it’s all the above plus long Johns and a coat. My clothing is fitted. I cannot stand baggie clothing.
When I do go to bed, quieting my brain is seriously tough because of my cyclical thoughts, but my meditation practice has helped mitigate this issue.
I recently got a Gravity Blanket for my bday in February – and it has made quite a difference with my sleeping. The blanket weighs 15 lbs.
When I get under the weighted blanket, I not only enjoy the pressure from the added weight but also feel like it’s saying to my body, “stay put” – not in a demanding but rather a comfortable way.
What I’m getting at is I realize there has to be a correlation between the layers of clothing and the weighted blanket: Both make me feel less anxious and impulsive.
My symptoms don’t totally evaporate, but I believe some sort of sensory input certainly subsides them in a noticeable way.
Does anyone else identify with my “sensory input” theory here?