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This has been bothering me lately and I need to know. So for me if I'm not thinking something I'm messing with something(like a piece of paper in my hands), and if I'm not doing that I'm thinking(making up stories in my head). I always have to be doing something, I can't just do nothing. What's the word for that?(If their is a word)

  • Can you provide a few more details and possibly an example sentence showing how you would use this word? – Em. Apr 10 '18 at 0:57
  • Ok. Um.. So for me if I'm not thinking something I'm messing with something(like a piece of paper in my hands), and if I'm not doing that I'm thinking(making up stories in my head). I always have to be doing something, I can't just do nothing. What's the word for that?(If their is a word) – spiritsky0413 Apr 10 '18 at 1:04
  • They are a fidgeter or tinkerer (if they are always curious). – Tux Apr 10 '18 at 16:30
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You could consider restless and fidgety:

  • restless

    1. characterized by or showing inability to remain at rest:
      a restless mood.
    2. unquiet or uneasy, as a person, the mind, or the heart.
    3. never at rest; perpetually agitated or in motion: the restless sea.
    4. without rest; without restful sleep:
      a restless night.
    5. unceasingly active; averse to quiet or inaction, as persons:
      a restless crowd.

    (Dictionary.com)

  • fidgety
    Someone who is fidgety keeps fidgeting, for example, because they are nervous or bored.
    (Collins)

Neither exactly suggests that you're thinking a lot. You may need to specify that.

  • Good choices! Additionally, people who are restless or fidgety have a tendency to 'fiddle' with things and 'daydream'. – EllieK Apr 10 '18 at 13:13
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This might be the word you are looking for.

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or "Hyperactivity"

Reference: https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/hyperactivity-impulsivity/understanding-your-childs-trouble-with-hyperactivity

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