I am sure you have been reading my post about The blessings of ADHD and want to know more about the positive side of ADHD. I hope this post will inspire everyone to start living the positive life ADHD has rapped up for you.
As I mentioned in the Blessings of ADHD, you are not cursed. When you see the positive side of ADHD you can take control of your ADHD and convert it into the blessing it really is, just as I have myself. I recognized the powers of my ADHD and used them to my advantage, and clarified the drawbacks of ADHD to overcome them. If I can do it anyone can. I should have failed grade 11, but my teachers promoted me to grade 12 because they said according to my IQ I should not be failing. I am very grateful for these teachers who saw the potential in me. After I changed my course as I mentioned in my ABOUT page, I done so well in my studies at University that most of my subjects received distinctions. I completed my Masters degree and I am looking forward to do my Doctoral Thesis in the coming year.
In school I was frequently sent to the principal’s office. I felt and acted so different and I could not change to be like the others. I did not know I have ADHD until I was 38 when my son was diagnosed with it and upon being told his ADHD symptoms, I realized I had them as well.
When I started my studies in Psychology I realized the symptoms of Dyslexia. At first I thought the dyslexia was caused by my eye problem. I was born with an eye condition where my brain had to choose between one of my eyes. The eye that was “not used” did not develop a very strong path between my brain and eye and therefor my vision is very low in this eye. My brain chose to use only my left eye and because I am right brain dominated my brain prefer to see pictures and not words. This made it more difficult to interpret the words I had to read.
Although my eye condition played a roll in my dyslexia, I later found that ADHD also go hand in hand with dyslexia and because of the attention span of an ADHD person, you sometimes read a paragraph without focusing on what you are reading and therefore you have to read it two, three or sometimes even more times to understand what you are reading. Today I can type on my computer and use, what I consider the most important writing tool ever invented for people with ADHD and/or dyslexia – The Spell-checker! Hooray! Even as I type this I mix my letters and spell-checker either alerts me or better yet, just corrects my spelling and grammar mistakes.
I studied my own ADHD to get a true understanding of what it means to have it, and more importantly to do something about it. I am different because I have ADHD. I not only accept that, I embrace it. My enjoyment of having ADHD comes from understanding the underlying core ingredients of having it, how they affect me, and sometimes others, why I am different, and why having ADHD is a blessing. Knowledge is power!
I want to share this insight knowledge of the inner workings of ADHD so many other ADDers can understand their ADHD and enjoy having it without having to continue suffering through misunderstandings and confusion.
Approximately five to six percent of the world population is believed to have ADHD. ADHD stands for “Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder.” ADHD is NOT a Disorder it is an Advantage. My belief is that ADHD is misnamed. Instead, it should be named “Attention Expansion Advantage” (AEA). People with AEA/ADHD have certain mental and physical characteristics that give them distinct advantages. These same characteristics also present several drawbacks. I believe the condition was named by focusing on the drawbacks and completely overlooks the advantages. AEA/ADHD people are different. They can rarely be controlled. Thus, normal (non-ADD) people have labelled ADHD people with the “Disorder” tag. The term “Disorder” being defined by The American Heritage Dictionary as a “disturbance of the normal physical or mental health.” People with ADHD are very special.
ADHD people can and do perform remarkable things, when they understand their advantages and utilize them, and understand the drawbacks and successfully overcome them. For example, Thomas Edison, John F. Kennedy, Albert Einstein, Henry Ford and Winston Churchill had ADHD.
The brains of ADHD people operate much faster than those of other people. Estimates range from two to three times faster. For one thing their brains have to operate faster to process all of the additional input they are receiving from the five senses. In fact, their brains seek constant input. Their brains are almost always on full throttle. Consequently, ADHD people appear to have much higher and longer lasting energy levels.
ADHD people hear, taste, smell, feel, and see things that normal people do not. They do not have the filters normal people have that restrict the volume and capacity of the brain to receive input from the five basic senses. Smell, Sight, Touch, Hearing, and Taste. It can be said that ADHD people do not have an attention deficit. Instead, their attention is expanded, because they are far more attuned to their surroundings. They receive and process much more information through the five senses. As an example, I understand that a normal person can hear sounds between 20 and 20,000 Hz. An ADHD person might hear sounds between 10 and 40,000 Hz. This relative difference is true for the other four senses as well. They also have more difficulty blocking out input from the five senses. For example, it is much harder for ADHD people to ignore noises that normal people can ignore, or do not even hear.
ADHD people are most often very intelligent. Makes sense when you consider the brains of ADDers not only receive more information than others through their expanded 5 senses, but they also process this information much faster than non-Adders. Much like a modern i7 Intel chip can process data much faster with a dual core Intel 3.2 Gigahertz chip and much like today’s computers receive more information and faster with faster Ethernet, faster Wi-Fi and faster phone connections that did not exist only a few years ago.
But their intelligence is not always readily apparent. For example Albert Einstein was forced to take the fifth grade over because he was considered slow. There are several reasons ADDers appear to be slow or less smart. We frequently forget names, titles and labels. We also have difficulty remembering times and schedules, and of course spelling. Or we forget to do things we want to do, even though they may be important to us. We have not forgotten them; we just have difficulties finding them quickly in the storage area of our brains. Yet even though we cannot remember the title of a book, we can easily remember the contents of the book we read, or we can remember things about people we have met, when we cannot remember their names, and of course we forget to do the things we promised ourselves and/or others we would do.
ADHD people operate in a mindset that is outside the world of normal people. Consequently, they constantly think out of the box. They see the world and are able to process the additional information to see the truth in things that normal people frequently overlook. They are very creative and constantly take themselves, their thoughts, and their ideas places that normal people rarely know exist. ADHD people can recognize, understand and organize extremely complex ideas, concepts, and processes. They have an extremely sensitive, very acute and very accurate sixth sense. Their hunches and intuition are remarkable, and are almost scary at times. When I was in school and still up to now, 99% of the time when I have a feeling about something it turns out to be true.
ADDers can achieve remarkable conclusions and results, and perform incredible feats. ADHD people can use their exceptional information gathering capabilities, their faster, and their less restricted ability to process this additional information to accomplish wonderful things. I have the ability to figure Computer hardware and software out much faster than any of my colleagues. Even when they call me for assistance for a computer program and I did not see it before that day, I can figure out what needs to be done in less than 5 minutes. It is just because I gather all possible options much faster than my non-ADD colleagues. ADHD people have the intelligence, energy, focus, and motivation to go places and create things that normal people are most likely not aware of. They can think extremely fast on their feet and react faster than most people. Drawbacks of ADHD as seen by normal people
ADHD people have a number of unique characteristics that caused normal people to label them with a “Disorder.” Boredom is the greatest drawback to people with ADHD. Yet it is understandable, because ADDers live in a world dominated by normal people that is much slower, is more restrictive, and less active than the world ADDers seek. ADHD people cannot be controlled. They can be fidgety and impatient, especially in confined meetings, like school classes (they get bored being forced to conform to slow meetings designed for normals). ADHD people appear to be disorganized (invariably messy because they do not operate the same way as normals). They appear to be easily distracted, (because they react to sensory information not perceived by others, and or because their fast moving brains seek something to keep them busy). They appear to have difficulty focusing on anything for very long. (because they get bored being in a much slower world dominated by normals). They also get into zones where it is difficult to interrupt them (because they hyper focus on things they love). They appear to frequently forget to complete things (like completing paperwork), or forget about important dates and events (like meetings). They can have brilliant ideas but often forget about them later.
They can be difficult to talk to, because they frequently interrupt normal people and sometimes even finish their sentences, and they regularly bounce from subject to subject. ADHD people most often appear to be very impulsive, because their thinking process normal circumvent the “rational” part of their brain that restricts clear thoughts through outside (Rational) requirements of others. Their impulsive actions are not always well received by normal people. They frequently do or say things that are out of the norm. They frequently address the truth in things, and appear to have fewer social graces. They are frequently stubborn and challenge information presented by others, and are far too often accurate, which further bothers and most often intimidates others. They normally do not perform repetitive tasks well. They seek challenges. They have difficulty turning their brains off, or slowing them down. Their minds are either seeking more input or creating more ideas.
ADHD cannot be fixed, because people with ADHD are not broken. In my opinion having ADHD does not require a “solution.” Yet, normal people tend to IMPOSE “solutions,” on people with ADHD, because they act different. We people with ADHD ARE DIFFERENT! And that is our blessing. But many people, especially parents, teachers, bosses, and school administrators want to normalize their children, students and/or employees and they search for “solutions” to do so.
Read my next post on how the world want to fix ADHD.