Rigid Thinking

Many patients with combined type ADHD have an overdeveloped sense of right and wrong. They often aren’t very flexible in their thinking, are overly critical and don’t tolerate ideas other than theirs. They see the world as good and bad and don’t recognize shades of gray, degrees of wrongness, or that justice can be complex. I find they often seek to become police or to join the military – they like structure and clearly defined rules. They often don’t make good police because of their lack of flexibility, their impatience, and difficulty perceiving the other persons ‘point of view’. Treatment does help.

Rigid thinking can result in marital conflict or losing jobs, and can be very hard on children of someone with this.