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17 Things to Love About Your ADHD!

Don't mistake your ADHD strengths for symptoms! They are unique traits and abilities that make you more creative, spontaneous, caring, and energetic than anyone you know. Here are a few of our favorites benefits of ADHD.

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  1. as someone who ha ADHD myself, and is brazilian, i loved these article, specially because it is not a real thing to tlak about it in here, i cryed a lot, in the good way, and will be(probably) making a aprezentation about it in my school, people need to know the good parts two, gave me jut the confidence to… FORGOT TO STUDY TO MY EXAM

  2. I am thrilled that people relate to this article and that it makes them feel better about themselves.

    It just made me feel worse about myself. I only have about 1/4 of these traits, and tbh? All the ones I do aren’t useful in the workforce. It’s exhausting for me to try to make huge systems to manage this disorder, and I feel like I have to be vigilant about it 100% of the time while, you know, dealing with everything else life throws at people regardless of their neurotype.

    I just wish it would all stop. That I could just be normal for even a few minutes. I hate this so much.

  3. Having ADHD sucks hard-core I am 17 It is hard to live my life realizing that I am not like other people which can be a good thing it makes me different and unique but every day I wake up with ADHD it does not go away i get distracted easily without even doing it on purpose being yelled at for not knowing what your being yelled at for. i think about nothing I never think before I say or do I have anxiety, depression, mood swings, aspergers and ADHD I get into trouble a lot. Sometimes I wish I was born without it maybe then I could do good in school and around friends and family my parents cant believe me or trust me because of my actions but thats the thing I dont think before I do other people like to think to themselves is this a good idea or not I dont even think that if i wanna do something I do it not knowing what the consequences are. having to take 5 or 6 pills every morning and if I dont take the important pill for my ADHD i can be the devil i laugh at everything i cant control myself telling the truth is the hardest thing for me and paying attention and making friends who are willing to be my friend to be my friend. I cant join the military because i cant take meds in the military. I cant do things other people can i think much much differently than other people

  4. I for one really enjoyed this article. It reminded me that I dont always need to be so hard on myself.

    I struggle with ADHD comorbid bipolar with a splash of anxiety. I am on medication which help, but I can be really hard on myself when it comes to dealing with ADHD, bipolar, and anxiety.

  5. Why? Just tell me why the hell do you keep saying we have empathy and great social skills? This article just freaked me out to be honest. One of the worst parts of ADHD for me is having problems socialising. Just a few examples:
    – hyperfocus makes me forget about friends for some time = sucks
    – i am often annoying
    – i forget everything and most people do not like when you are not only able to recall something but you also have different sense of time as a concept
    – engaging with new people is goddamn impossible (i have zero social anxiety)
    So yeah keep lying…
    ADHD people are different, but you can not make every symptom look like a positive effect
    And you really should not try because this just shows your ignorance

  6. this article was godsend to me! im 52 years old and i had thr disorder all my life. when i was growing up before they knew what it was, i was called disruptive, got in trouble for things i had no control over, teachers didnt like me and just got it from every angle of my life. i hated all of them and sometimes myself because i knew i was different and wanted to be like everyone else. when i got older and understood who i was and with medication, i channeled all my symptoms to work for the best of m and i love who i am and glad that im not like everyone else.. i am myself, unique and alot of people say they wish they had my drive my personality traits. i do have my off days but i work hard to overcome them and it becomes jusy another thing thats normal like brushing my teeth. i do it and move on with my day. everyone who has adhd , add ,and all the other mentally challenged disorders should read this article. especially yous who hate it and feel sorry for yourself. break out of that feeling and live with what god gave you to the best that you want to be. the article is a start to be positive of your symptoms. make them work to your advantage, no one said its going to be easy but it can be done and if i and others can do it then why not you? YOU CAN DO IT!! LIVE FREE LIVE GOOD AND LIVE HAPPY! YOURE SPECIAL, EMBRACE IT!

    1. I wish a good laugh had been my response (and I do get that 19 was a little tease), but really, all that positive stuff capped off with a reminder of the things the world values that we’re not? I wasn’t really smiling. I often find there are little “digs” in the articles here, mixed in with all the great stuff.

  7. First of all, y’all are definitely living in the disorder. You have to work on changing your belief about your disorder in order to progress into a better daily life. Albert freaking Einstein. Really? Self pity is wack. Coming from someone with bipolar disorder & a self medicate through expression of self with art, music, learning, books, exercising, dance as mediums, y’all aren’t living. Marijuana as well. Foods of course. Get a grip, or gripe all your life. The article was an awesome inspiration to me.

  8. Hi! Thanks for an awesome article!

    I was never diagnosed with ADHD and am now 35 years old. My wife has been quietly researching it and I tick every symptom for adult ADHD. I have OCD and suffer from nervous ticks, is it common to have both ADHD & OCD?

    In my younger years i went through substance abuse and the drug speed always calmed me and relaxed me and allowed me to focus which is what doctors prescribe for people with ADHD. SO I think I have it.

    This article is extremely positive and gives me hope!

    I run my own business and I know sometimes it can take me forever to get started on tasks as I’m always finding distractions, but once I start doing it I can do it for long periods without taking a break and accomplish a lot.

    I’m also very sociable, passionate, positive, compassionate and kind. Everything is true in this article about myself.

    So from now I will focus all my energy on these positives, because I do love what running my own business involves and when I get started my mind shuts up and I get stuff done and feel better too!

    The only difficult thing for me is when I’m sitting down doing nothing, I have trouble relaxing and I become tense and fidgety, also controlling my emotions when stressed.

    But this article has most definitely shed some positive light and I will focus on the positives! Nonone is perfect and I’m far from it in fact haha!

    1. Yes. Dr. Clare Jones presented at our school and said No Disorder Lives Alone. There is also an overlap of kids with dyslexia and add.

  9. Thank you so much for this article. One of the best I have read here so far! It is such a blessing when something or someone is able to break my cycle of negativity- something that, as someone with ADHD I am constantly fighting against. This made me feel so great!

  10. I am an artist an writer, 65 years old. I grew up feeling inferior and awkward because of this condition. I got teased a lot over the years. What a relief to know that my “spaceiness” has a name. For me, it is just like this article says. I am different, highly creative, and I love that I can hyperfocus, if need be.

  11. It is funny how people with it look at ADD and ADHD. I am not hyper, that’s why I refer to it as ADD. But that is another story.

    Why can’t you just be happy for others? You can see yourself any way you would like. But, for me, I am going to revile in the fact that I hyper focus, that I am good in emergencies and yes, that my planning is horrendous.

    Please don’t make the fact I love the idea I think out of the box as a downfall. I like being generous, I like being creative, I like being romantic with my wife, I like having the compassion to see other people’s problems – like yours – and want to help.

    But you know the thing I like the most about my ADD? Is that it is ME!

    Please don’t feel sorry for yourself. Instead find ways to celebrate yourself – it is a lot nicer than feeling like you got the short end of the stick.

    1. (add is outdated; adhd is current. you may not present as hyperactive, but my guess is your brain is hyperactive.) anyway, i agree with what you have said.

      1. You are so wrong on so many levels. Do your research before making a comment like this. There is a huge difference. No its not hyperactivity in the brain. It is physical hyperactivity. People feel restlessness. I am ADD. I will NEVER be ADHD and i always correct people. Why? because i wish I was ADHD. I would have way more energy to do anything! so please do your research before making ignorant comments. thank you.

  12. Plus:

    How can we walk around telling everyone what a wonderful gift ADHD is- while simultaneously trying to communicate the fact that its a REAL, serious DISORDER that keeps interfering with our everyday-life?

    No wonder people still are mostly sceptical…so: STOP the (unreasonable and not supported by solid,empirical evidence anyway…) “gift talk“ and start attributing your strenghts and talents to YOU- instead of a neurobiological disorder!

    I beg you.

  13. This would have made me laugh if it hadn’t already made me cry. I appreciate your wanting to put a positive spin on this condition, but my winning personality and compassion rarely do anything to help me get through one difficult day after another. I don’t intend to be negative, and maybe other people have it together better than I do, but being asked to see ADHD as some sort of gift is just too much for me to bear at this point.

    1. I read this article to try to give myself a boost today but like you I am not feeling any positivity about my unfocused brain at the moment. I have forgotten and lost too many things this week that all I feel is frustrated and inferior.
      Plus I’m not sure I’ve ever had engaging conversational skills!

      1. I had to teach myself how to converse with others, and now it comes easily. The trick is to ask people about themselves. People always like to talk about themselve.

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