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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?

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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!!! 

 

18 Responses

  1. While I appreciate your enthusiasm, I don’t really appreciate the oversimplified and frankly, gendered description of ADHD. Not everyone with ADHD (particularly not women with it) are hyperactive. For me, it’s very different. Maybe instead of saying “People with ADHD,” you could speak for yourself.

    1. @Jillian I certainly appreciate your comment and point. Obviously this post is about my own experience, hence the reason is only on my site. Sorry if you think I am simplifying ADHD, I am not at all, I am sure everyone has different views on the subject.

    2. Everything jillion said plus…

      I have ADHD and I always cringe when I read headlines like this, I know you probably mean well and your points while wide, do certainly align to a theme, however you don’t outline the problems with ADHD, or construct just how horrible ADHD is, it’s a day to day effort, and just a constant ball chain.

      I run a web start up, as you outline, but to distinguish between my gifts and my so called ADHD gifts a problematic question. I rarely if ever post to comments but your post struck a chord.

      1. @Hooper As with everything I try to do in my life, I try to look at the positive points. Obviously there are severe negative points, but this was not a health report, this was merely a post talking about how it benefits my life. I hope you know I realize both sides of the fence.

        1. No problems….

          one thing I do know tho, ADHD, I’d trade it in’ in a heartbeat, to be not so ‘fabulous’ I know that much.

  2. Hey Scott, I feel you. I don’t know if I have the same disorder but your explanation seems like me 😀

    Cheers and let’s rock on all this wonderful projects!

  3. Hi Scott …

    I believe your Outlook on such a sometimes debilitating disease is amazing. Yes ADHD is an uphill battle but to keep yourself focused on the positive aspects is a great way to live. If you don’t then like a lot of people with ADHD you will become consumed with the negative. My 9 year old son and 16 year old daughter both battle with it daily (my son being a very high level) and I wish I knew we how to guide him to your way of thinking. Looks like you will be my go to guy from now on. Lol…its also nice to see your not afraid of the stigmas out there surrounding mental illness. I am still cautious in fear of people’s opinions but I’ll take a chance and come out with you I battle daily with bipolar which makes it sometimes difficult to deal with the ADHD my children have. You’ve come a long way in life congratulations continue up your positive path.

    1. @Lisa Thanks so much. I just don’t see the necessity to look at the negative, I was always taught ‘you get whatever you focus on.’ I live and die by that motto!!

  4. My daughter & I both have ADHD. Yes, it is a struggle. I also see the amazing creativity that can emerge when we are devoted to a project. It’s as if the world around us has stopped, & we can intensely focus on this one project. With ADHD, the world in our mind is constantly racing. Art allows us to slow down our mind & immerse ourselves, rather than getting lost in a constant wave of racing thoughts. Thank you, Scott for posting an article highlighting the positives of ADHD.

    1. @Kat While I am well aware there are serious negative effects, but like with everything in life, you get what you focus on, so I would rather highlight the benefits, because in a way, they are pretty cool sometimes 🙂

  5. Thank you! I completely agree with you. I consider my ADHD one of my greatest gifts. Sometimes I feel a little bit sorry for those who don’t get to experience the thrills of it all.

    Thanks again for the post.

  6. It’s amazing to read stories like this, I think that people call a “disease”, in your case defines your personality, which is highly creative and friendly.

    Keep going and always have fun, I see you in Thailand 🙂

  7. Your correct Scott… its all relative. What is normal anyway? We are what we are….. I think you are extraordinarily normal. A guy normal, happening people would want to hang with. Or… Maybe your not normal – whatever that means- but you sound very healthy. Good for you!

    If normal means boring… who wants to be normal …

    This is boring the hell out of me now so I’m signing off and going flying

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