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      Polly_Bon
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      Hi! I’m a Ukrainian A-level student in England who has taken up an EPQ (extended project qualification) in psychology) My working title is “Overcoming the obstacles to success. What ADHD students can teach neurotypical peers”.
      I have a couple of really close friends who have ADD and ADHD… And I see how sometimes they struggle with daily tasks but are incredibly good in other areas (for example photography).
      I wonder if you have any examples of your successes that ADHD/ADD actually helped you to achieve? What are you better at than your peers? What strategies that you use you wish more people knew about? Any revelations in revision? Sports? Finding motivation?

      And if you are a “neurotypical brain”… Any strategies you want ADHDers to know about?

      I see a lot of people talking about disadvantages and stress ADHD causes but… We definitely need more positivity in this community!
      Thanks in advance!

      • This topic was modified 4 weeks, 1 day ago by Polly_Bon.
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      Yarlan Zey
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        • Thinking outside the box

       

        • coming up creative solutions to problems

       

        • thinking of new ideas

       

        • questioning things rather than just accepting them if they come from some “authority” (although this can also get us into trouble. It’s both good and bad)

       

        • empathy, not being judgemental (don’t mess with us though)

       

        “outsider” insights into things, open-mindedness

      Okay, but you probably want more “concrete” examples. Well, although I generally didn’t achieve much in “formal” academia, especially as time went on, people are often impressed by how I’ve learned so many things on my own. To use a fancy word, I’m an “autodidact”.

      Example of a learning strategy of mine (running out of time a little so I’ll resort to copying and pasting something I wrote elsewhere!):

      “Some say people with ADHD are interest-based, rather than importance-based. This means that you should focus on how to make things more interesting for you, rather than focusing on how important those things are.

      I’ve learned a lot of things in the following way. First perhaps I’ll get hold of a book about a subject. I’ll start reading it. Soon enough I’ll probably get bored. Then maybe I’ll download a few podcasts of people talking about the subject. Then that gets boring. Perhaps I’ll find another book. Then that gets boring, or even annoying lol. Maybe I can find a documentary about the subject. After that, the first book I got hold of has become interesting to me again, and so on.”

      I’m just not a very consistent person. On the other hand I have a wide range of interests. A “normal” person is probably much more consistent but also has much narrower interests, and relies on external “importance” rather than internal “interest”.

      • This reply was modified 2 weeks, 6 days ago by Yarlan Zey.
      • This reply was modified 2 weeks, 4 days ago by Penny Williams.
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