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The Gift of ADHD

Modern life requires organization, planning and a never ending rush to get things done. People with ADHD require tools to handle their day-to-day existence – whether it’s getting things done, thriving in school or socializing. ADHD is a disorder that makes it difficult for a person to pay attention and control impulsive behaviors and children who were adopted have a higher likelihood of an ADHD diagnosis. Studies indicate that as many as 30 percent of children who were adopted are affected by ADHD.

Most people think of ADHD as a challenge/difficulty to be overcome. While distractions pose unique challenges, ADHD also comes with a lot of gifts. Some of them are:

  1. A highly energetic and enthusiastic personality: Someone who is ready to try things and lift everyone’s spirits while doing so – an infectious personality! High energy could also translate to great athletic ability. Think of incredible athletes like Simone Biles (Olympics gymnastics star), Michael Phelps (Olympics swimmer) and Terry Bradshaw (professional football).
  2. Out of the box thinking: See and do things differently and see things others may not even notice.
  3. Creativity and talent: Think actress Emma Watson, singer Justin Timberlake and TV personality Ty Pennington… the list goes on.
  4. Sense of humor: Speaking your mind can cause social awkwardness; however, it can also be the spark that causes a million guffaws. Think of comedian Jim Carrey.
  5. Compassion: Often the first to notice and help others out.
  6. Fearlessness: Sometimes ADHD comes with fearlessness to jump right into things.
  7. Hyperfocus: The ability to go on for hours on a task.
  8. Call it impulse or call it spontaneous:  Travel paths you would never have thought possible.

Celebrate the gifts that ADHD brings and the immense life energy that accompanies it.

Resources

  1. The benefits of ADHD (healthline.com)

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