151 Positives of ADHD. The Advantages of
Attention Deficit Disorder
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Ideas from Pete Quily’s Practical Success Tips for Adults with ADHD
Talk at CHADD Vancouver.
We had 151 positive characteristics, 26 challenges and 62 ideas on how to deal with the challenges. More than a 5:1 ratio of positives to challenges.
Positive Characteristics of People with Attention Deficit Disorder
for People with Attention Deficit Disorder
to Deal with the Challenges of Attention Deficit Disorder
Characteristics of People with Attention Deficit Disorder.
Too many view ADHD as mere pathology. They only see the negatives of ADHD. As an adult ADHD coach who has ADHD, I know there are real negatives to having ADHD.
But, if disease and disorder are the main lenses through which you view us because that’s all you’re looking for, you will miss out on our positive characteristics.
While it is important to deal with our challenges, you don’t make a great living and a great life by primarily focusing on what you’re not good at. What you focus on expands
Ability to find alternate paths to overcome obstacles
Able to take on large situations
Adventurous, courageous, lives outside of boundaries
Always finding alternate routes to any given location.
Always willing to help others
Ambitious – you want to be everything when “you grow up”
Attractive personality – magnetic due to high energy
Being able to see the big picture
Being able to see the patterns in the chaos.
Being intuitive towards others’ difficulties
Broad focus – can see more, notice things more
Can create order from chaos
Can do many projects at once
Can make people feel they are heard
Can see the big picture
Can talk about several things at one time
Can think on my feet
Centre of attention
Comfortable talking in front of groups
Comfortable with change and chaos
Compassion for others and for themselves
Creates connections easily
Creative – musical, artistic, “dramatic”
Good in a crisis
Good at customer relations
Determined to gain more control
Eager to make friends
Eager to try new things
Excellent organizers using journals and reminders (notes etc.)
Flexible – changes as the situation requires
Fun guy to be around
Good at conceptualizing
Good at motivating self and others
Good at multitasking
Good at problem solving
Good at public speaking
Good at understanding others/mind reading – empathetic
Good delegator and good at organizing others
Good in emergency situations
Good looking and aware of it
Good people skills
Good self esteem, energetic
Great sense of humour
Great with kids (central figure around kids)
Has friendly relations with their family
Has the gift of gab
Helps others who are also in trouble
High energy – go, go, go
Humour, very healthy, quick picking up ideas
Hyper focus !!
Hypersensitive – very empathetic and good at non-verbal communications
Impulsive (in a good way) not afraid to act
It’s ok to not finish everything
Learning as much as I can to help children and others with adhd
Less sleep is good (midnight to 6 am)
Like to talk a lot
Likes learning new things
Look at multidimensional sides to a situation
Lots of interests
Loves to cook and be creative
Master idea generator
Mentoring people with low self esteem
Move on fast – never hold a grudge
Never bored and rarely boring
Never intimidated to try new things
Non-linear, multi-dimensional/edge of chaos
Not afraid to speak mind
Not contained by boundaries.
On stage and ready
Relates to people easily
Saves money in the short term by forgetting to file tax returns
See and remember details – recount them later
Sees the big picture
Socially adaptive and flexible.
Stabilizer during difficult situations
Think outside the box
Thinks 2 meters ahead of the world
Thinks big, dreams big
Very creative, able to generate a lot of ideas
Very hard working to compensate – workaholic
Willing to explore
Willing to take risks
Willingness to help others
Won’t tolerate boredom
Works well under pressure
If you liked this list you might also like some of my posts on the strengths of people with ADHD at my blog Adult ADD Strengths.
Or if you want to work with someone that can help you focus more on your ADHD related strengths, and help you minimize the impact of your ADHD weaknesses you might consider how I might be able to help you do that.