Much of the writing, thinking and focus of ADHD is centred round the very real difficulties which children and adults may be experiencing with this disorder. However there is another side to ADHD, one which Lara Honos-Webb calls the “Gift of ADD” in her books; The Gift of ADHD (2005) and The Gift of Adult ADD (2008) published by New Harbinger Publications Inc. Many others have also recognised the strengths and creative abilities of those with ADHD
The strengths and positive attributes which can be associated with ADHD may lead to exciting and ground-breaking achievements. However much more relevant to people, including those with ADHD, are the benefits which come to those who focus on what can be done rather than what cannot be done.
What benefits you ask? The well-being that comes with succeeding and experiencing the accolades which often come with success; the joy in discovering that achievements can be made; the understanding that emerges in finding new ways of doing tasks; the resilience that is developed; and the increased self esteem which encourages one to face another day, perhaps with a little more confidence.
The importance of focussing on an individual’s strengths – whether your own, a family member’s or a work colleague’s, cannot and should not be under-estimated.
Such positive qualities may include:
- Innovative ideas that provide a different perspective
- Ability to tie seemingly unrelated ideas together
- A strong sense of justice and fairness
- Great improvisers
- Vivid imagination
- Many successful entrepreneurs exhibit ADHD behaviours
- Lateral thinkers
- High-level energy – capacity to hyper-focus
- Sense of humour