ADHD and oversharing

By Tara Drinks

At a glance

  • It’s common for people with ADHD to overshare information.

  • People may be impulsive and not stop to think about what they’re saying.

  • Treating ADHD can help people improve self-control and think about consequences.

At some point in their lives, most people accidentally share with others some information they probably shouldn’t have shared. It might be embarrassing small talk or something private about someone else. But for people with ADHD, “oversharing” can be a more frequent problem. 

Oversharing is saying something personal or inappropriate in the wrong setting or to the wrong person. It’s usually not something people with ADHD do on purpose. Sometimes they may not realize they’re giving too much information or saying the wrong thing. Or they might not be able to stop and check themselves before they say it.

People with ADHD may have trouble with oversharing for different reasons. They may have trouble with executive function skills like impulse control. Or they may have trouble with social skills and low self-esteem. Kids might overshare to get attention or look cool.

There are ways to avoid oversharing and manage the symptoms that may cause it. 

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    About the author

    About the author

    Tara Drinks is an associate editor at Understood.

    Reviewed by

    Reviewed by

    Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, PhD is an ADHD/ASD expert and a best-selling author.