I’ve often said that I picture a little hamster running on a wheel inside my ADHD partner’s brain, constantly churning out random thoughts and ideas.
This is why a lot of ADHDers have trouble falling asleep at night, especially if they don’t take time to relax before bed. They suffer from Hamster Wheel Brain (HWB), more commonly referred to as “racing thoughts.” Thanks to the incomparable ICHC, we now have a visual illustration of the ADHD Brain:
The best thing you can do, as the partner of someone with HWB, is to be a calming presence. Keep your energy low and encourage your partner to join you in relaxing activities. Eventually the little hamster will take a break from the wheel.