ADHD is what professionals call a behavioral disorder (but I will called it ‘the advantage’), with symptoms that include an inability to stay focused and short attention spans. At least, these are the symptoms we hear most widely about in the media and mainstream dialogue. But are you aware there are also positive effects of ADHD?
ADHD is what professionals call a behavioral disorder (but I will called it ‘the advantage’), with symptoms that include staying focused and short attention spans. At least, these are the symptoms we hear most widely about in the media and mainstream dialogue. But are you aware there are also positive effects of ADHD?
For example, people living with ‘the advantage’ tend to be highly creative. They make unconventional connections between thoughts and ideas. They pick up on nuances and small details that others don’t. And when they are passionate about something, they take it to the next level. To the entrepreneurs reading this out there: wouldn’t you love to have someone like this on your team? Of course, but with ‘the advantage’ you have to take the good with the bad. People with ADHD do have struggles with paying attention and are totally hyperactive (the hyperactive part is something that I love). But we all have different sets of strengths and weaknesses, so I would argue that is the same for everybody.
I find my biggest advantage from having ADHD is the intense focus I get when starting new projects. When lightning strikes, I am consumed by it and the success of my brainchild is all I can think about. But because of the nature of my disorder, that acute concentration doesn’t last forever. Before long, I need to have my team of “normal people” take over the reins and continue on. I am much better at overseeing a few different projects at the same time, rather than concentrating on one. Trust me, anything else would be a total disaster.
I’ve been living with ‘the advantage’ for a long time now, and while it’s something I cannot control, I have learned to direct my tendencies towards a more positive outcome. In fact, I feel like this disease helps me live a more positive lifestyle overall. When a negative thought pops into my head, I’m able to push it out immediately by quickly busying myself with other things. I get up at 5am everyday. By 9am, I’ve done more than most people do in their entire day.I want to show others that ADHD isn’t a disorder, it is a clear ‘advantage’ from what normal people possess. In my experience, it’s been an ongoing opportunity to challenge myself and continue doing better.
That’s why I think it’s time to start changing the way we think and talk about ADHD as a society. I’m not saying it’s always easy for me, nor is it easy for the kid who’s learning to live with this disorder and having to sit in a traditional educational setting (in front of a chalkboard all day). But I want to show others that ADHD isn’t only a disorder. In my experience, it’s been an ongoing opportunity to challenge myself and continue doing better.
So now you know, I have ADHD, go ahead an underestimate me…..I DARE YOU!!!