Holiday shopping is stressful enough for most of us, but for people with attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder or addictive personalities, it can be a "nightmare," says a Tallahassee woman with ADHD. "I don't do my holiday shopping in the malls," said Vicki Spitzer, a nurse who works with children who have ADHD and whose children also have the disorder she has battled all her life.
Spitzer said holiday shopping strikes at several areas that typify people with ADHD: impulsive behavior, distractibility and hyperactivity. "We are impulsive and easily frustrated," Spitzer said. "When I think about going to the mall at Christmastime, it's just a nightmare." The combination of crowds, traffic and breaks in routine that often occur during the holiday season can trigger information overload, Spitzer said, the last thing a person already dealing with too much information needs.
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