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Everything ADHD

From ADHD Advantages to My Story

Hello! Thank you for checking out my blog! I tried to break it up into smaller pieces to help the ADHD mind absorb as much info as possible. Please let me know if you liked it! :) 

The ADHD Advantage

People with ADHD are able to absorb a huge amount of information at once about their surroundings. This helps in emergency responder jobs and even in the military... but please don't think those are your only two job options. Whatever you want to do, you can do it with ADHD.

ADHD also gives us the ability to hyperfocus, which is kind of like a superpower. 

ENTHUSIASM! People with ADHD get excited about the smallest things. It's cute and filled with lots and lots of enthusiasm. 

Everyday life is an adventure! You never know what new hobby your ADHD friend is going to pick up next, what they are going to say next, or even what they are going to find when finally getting around to cleaning their room. 

A Note From the Author:

It took me a long time to be happy with myself and accept myself for who I am. I am hoping that this blog will help someone else with ADHD or ADD feel normal and have a better hope for the future. You will be ok, I promise. You are perfect the way you are, I promise. You are not broken, lazy, stupid, or even selfish... you are ADHD/ADD and you should be proud of that. Albert Einsten, Leonardo Davinci, and even Cher all had ADHD too and they grew up to be very successful and influential people in the world. Whatever you find important in life and whatever your goals are, you can accomplish them with ADHD. More importantly, your ADHD might even be an advantage.

My Story

My parents noticed I was dyslexic at a very young age. It was obvious once they held my writing to a mirror and could suddenly read it (it said Fish). They had always assumed I was ADHD, but I wasn't diagnosed until I was 18. Apparently, in grade 3 the principle of my elementary school wanted to put me in the "special" class and my parents refused. I grew up knowing that I was different but didn't know why and it caused me to have very low self esteem. I would look around and see that the other girls didn't have frizzy hair or wrinkled clothes... why could they do it and I couldn't? What was the difference between us? In grade 8 my French teacher accused me of having a learning disability; it bothers me to this day.

In high school my social skills were just plain awful, my impulsive nature caused me to blurt out all kinds of inappropriate things, and people thought not only that I was weird but that I was a "freak." I was constantly told to "think before you speak" but I never could and quite frankly I will probably explode and yell at the next person who says that to me. 

Just before college I was finally diagnosed with ADD and felt so realized, mostly because it wasn't bipolar. Apparently, women with ADHD are often accused of overacting or being emotional (but please don't quote me on that). I found myself impulsively getting into relationships and even a couple times impulsively doing a lot on the first date. Despite the stereotype that people with ADHD can't be successful academically or even write essays... I was fine. I mean there were a few bumps down the road, but I was much better at writing essays than not having panic attacks at parties. 

Whats is ADHD/ADD?

ADHD/ADD are described to a behavioural invisible disability that is characterized by impulsive behaviour and an inability to pay attention. While this seems to be a universal belief, unfortunately that seems to be the only thing most people agree on what ADHD is. France thinks that ADHD is caused by poor parenting and can easily be cured with therapy while North America think that it is genetic and can be treated with medication. I personally think that ADHD is a genetic trait where the brain stem in smaller than average. Which can be treated with both therapy and medication. However, it is not something that can be "cured." This is true for two reasons: the first is that it is not a disease and does not need to be cured and the second is that you can not change someone's genetic makeup.