Interesting read from anxiety Canada
Procrastination, avoidance of tasks, distractibility, disorganization and feeling overwhelmed? Are those symptoms indicating that you have AD/HD?
In some cases, low tolerance to uncertainty may mimic the symptoms of AD/HD or exacerbate them! Below is an excerpt from www.anxietycanada.com :
"If you can’t stand having uncertainty in your life, you are probably doing things that are designed to either remove all uncertainty in daily life situations or you are outright avoiding uncertain situations. Some of the behaviours that people do when they are intolerant of uncertainty include:
- Seeking excessive reassurance from others: This might be asking friends or family their opinion on a decision that you have to make
- List-making: As a way of eliminating uncertainty, some people will make long and detailed “to do” lists, sometimes several lists every day
- Double checking: For example, calling loved ones repeatedly to “make sure” that they are okay, or re-reading emails several times to check that they are perfect and that there are no spelling mistakes
- Refusing to delegate tasks to others: Many people who are intolerant of uncertainty will not allow anyone either at work or at home to do certain tasks; this is because they cannot be “sure” that it will be done correctly unless they do it
- Procrastination/avoidance: Because being uncertain can cause anxiety, some people simply procrastinate or avoid people, places or situations. If you do not do something, then you don’t have to feel uncertain about it
- Distraction: Many people who are intolerant of uncertainty keep themselves “busy” most of the day, that way, they don’t have the time to think about all the uncertainty in life
You probably noticed that all of these behaviours require a lot of time and energy. Needing to be certain about everything can often take the fun out of life, since surprises or unexpected events become something threatening. Also, if you avoid or procrastinate, you might miss out on a lot of good opportunities in life simply because of a dislike of uncertainty. "
To learn more about this and help understand the roots of your own symptoms, call our clinic.