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“Is ADHD a Handicap or a Gift?”

I know as adults with attention deficit, we’re supposed to spread awareness of the condition`s many benefits, and be our own advocates. But it’s a challenge sometimes.

During this chapter of my life I am convinced that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is more of a handicap than a gift, and my cynical self wants to ask what are the benefits of being scatterbrained and unstable? (How long can I live this life — with my moods, fears, hope swinging back and forth in a pendulum fashion?) What is the benefit of this aspect of myself ? For me? For my friends and family? But, on the other hand, if I don’t share this part of myself, I feel straight-jacketed and cheated of the freedom of just being me.

Which side of the debate do you come out on?