Recently, I was pondering the impact of ADHD on my life, and it dawned on me that ADHD turns us into hunters. Now, not only do I have ADHD, but my daughter does as well, so We spend a copious amount of our efforts learning about ADHD and its challenges, as well as exploring management strategies. It’s no wonder there is an abundance of people who customarily view ADHD as a negative and limiting disability, when there is a rather extensive list of positives as well. Adult ADD Coach Pete Quily, diagnosed with ADD himself, lists 151 positives on his site ADDCoach4U. 151!! Plainly, ADHD affords a menu of favorable traits that more often than not get overlooked.
Let me clarify, at this point, that I am very respectful of the challenges ADHD brings to the table; however, I am also a proponent of taking ownership of our own attitudes and responses to the curve balls that life throws us. One of my favorite authors, Steven Covey, emphasizes this concept in The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People:
“Look at the word responsibility—“response-ability”—the ability to choose your response. Highly proactive people recognize that responsibility. They do not blame circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. Their behavior is a product of their own conscious choice, based on values, rather than a product of their conditions, based on feeling.”
We all have choices, and I choose to balance managing the difficult aspects of ADHD with the favorable (and sometimes humorous) ones. I always encourage parents to take this approach with their children as well. I believe in balance-it’s healthier, and way more fun. I decided to create a list of those things about ADHD that I personally appreciate. Creating the list only took a few minutes, and I found it quite affirming. I only listed 10, but I would love reading your lists as well.
I completely understand and relate to my daughter, who has ADHD as well.
I am very creative.
I have a goofy sense of humor and find humor in things the average person does not.
I think outside of the box (ok, I live outside of it most days 🙂 ).
I am never short of ideas.
I am seldom rendered speechless.
I have tons of interests and love to try new things.
I am never bored.
I am tenacious.
ADHD has made me stronger.
- ADHD: Animation Domination High Def (heressomeawesome.com)