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:
- 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).
- Out of the box thinking: See and do things differently and see things others may not even notice.
- Creativity and talent: Think actress Emma Watson, singer Justin Timberlake and TV personality Ty Pennington… the list goes on.
- 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.
- Compassion: Often the first to notice and help others out.
- Fearlessness: Sometimes ADHD comes with fearlessness to jump right into things.
- Hyperfocus: The ability to go on for hours on a task.
- 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.