What is fidget in ADHD?
These secondary tasks are called fidgets — mindless activities you can do while working on a primary task. We’re not talking about wriggling in your seat. ADHD fidgeting is more intentional. It’s pacing or doodling while on the phone, or chewing gum while taking a test.
What is an example of fidgeting?
For example, many people fidget with their hands by tapping them on the table, moving a pen around quickly, or by picking at things. Others fidget with their feet or legs by tapping their feet, shaking their legs, kicking them against something, or with some other physical movement involving their feet or legs.
What causes a person to fidget?
Causes and effects
Fidgeting may be a result of nervousness, frustration, agitation, boredom, ADHD, excitement, or a combination of these. When interested in a task, a seated person will suppress their fidgeting, a process described as Non-Instrumental Movement Inhibition (NIMI).