You don’t see headlines like these on regular basis.
“The Upside of ADHD Enthusiasm, Empathy, and High Energy Among Traits the Disorder Carries”
from MSN.com’s health section
Usually, it’s just 98% negative coverage, although that is slowly changing as people gradually start to realize that in addition to the real problems of ADD, there are also real advantages to having ADD.
When I sold Macintosh computers I noticed that many of my clients seemed like they had ADD, they were often in the high tech or creative fields where ADD can be a real advantage, i.e., fast processing mind, able to multi-task effortlessly, creative, able to hyperfocus for hours IF it was interesting etc.
ADHD hasn’t changed, but how experts view the disorder is evolving in a new direction. Instead of only focusing on the difficulties posed by ADHD, today, the upsides are likely to be noted, too: the quick-wittedness, the speedy grasp of the big picture and the great enthusiasm for nearly everything.
People with ADHD “may instead be our most creative individuals, our most extraordinary thinkers, our most brilliant inventors and pioneers,” writes Hartmann in his 2003 book The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child.
He posits that the people with ADHD may carry genetically coded abilities that once were, and may still be, necessary for human survival and that contribute richness to the culture.
JetBlue Airways CEO and founder David Neeleman … credits ADHD with his creativity and “out-of-the-box thinking”—it led him to invent e-tickets while at Morris, for example.
“One of the weird things about the type of [ADHD] I have is, if you have something you are really, really passionate about, then you are really, really good about focusing on that thing.
It’s kind of bizarre that you can’t pay the bills and do mundane tasks, but you can do your hyper-focus area.
True. Hyperfocus is our ADHD superpower.
There are other people talking about the advantages of ADD like this article “More and more experts say ADHD can be a gift rather than a malady”
Here’s where someone else credit’s her creativity to ADD.
If you have ADD, what are your ADD advantages? If you need some ideas you can check out the 151 Advantages of ADD.
Or check out my ADHD strengths category on this blog.