How to turn ADHD into something positive.

In this blog I’m discussing a topic about something that has always been a part of my life. That’s ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

What is ADHD?

A neurological condition that makes it hard for people to inhibit their spontaneous responses. These responses can involve everything from movement to speech to attentiveness.

ADHD is a chronic condition that usually begins in childhood but can linger into adulthood. It’s estimated that at least 5% of adults in the United States have ADHD.

It may contribute to problems such as:

  • Low-self-esteem
  • Troubled relationships
  • Difficulty with school and work
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Impulsiveness
  • Sleep problems

ADHD has been known to be comorbid with psychiatric disorders.

What is comorbidity?

A medical term for two or more disorders that occur at the same time.

ADHD can be comorbid with:

  • OCD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Dyslexia
  • Anxiety disorders

It’s common for adults with ADHD to suffer from a mental health disorder. At least half of adults with ADHD have an anxiety disorder while others deal with depression. If left unmanaged ADHD can affect your life in many ways by causing problems in our relationships, our jobs and our health.

How to work around ADHD in a positive way?!

ADHD does not have to put a person at a disadvantage in life. It’s important to get to know yourself and improve yourself to manage it.

ADHD symptoms are managed with:

  • Medication: ADHD symptoms can be managed with medication. Taking supplements along with medication can help too.
  • Coping Strategies: An individual can cope with ADHD by creating structure in your life by creating a routine and sticking with it and this can include exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and maintaining a daily to do list.
  • Taking Responsibility: The first step toward taking responsibility for ADHD is accepting your diagnosis and working around it.
  • Education: Learn as much as you can about ADHD.

When you have ADHD as an adult you’re going to have different strengths and weaknesses. 

Strengths include:

  • High energy levels
  • Spontaneous
  • Creative and Imaginative
  • Inventive
  • Need for novelty
  • Hyper focused
  • Greater Resilience
  • Compassion and Empathy
  • Greater Problem Solving Skills
  • Talents for Multitasking
  • The willingness to help or mentor others
  • Positive people-oriented interpersonal skills
  • Greater Adaptability

Weaknesses include:

  • Being highly impatient
  • Difficulty performing tasks quietly
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Trouble waiting for things or showing patience
  • Losing things frequently
  • Talking seemingly nonstop
  • Jobs that are too routine
  • Prone to boredom

It’s harder to stay focused and organized and finish tasks on time. This creates challenges.

There are jobs that are a better match if you have ADHD. It’s important to pick a career that can utilize your strengths and where challenges brought on due to you weaknesses are less likely to create issues.

An adult with ADHD is successful at jobs that are fast paced and offer a high level of interaction. Along with encouraging creativity it’s important to find a job that offers a variety of daily routines and is broadly focused on knowledge from many areas. This broad-base of knowledge is great for an exceptional problem solver.

It’s important to pick a career you enjoy. We all do better at a job that sparks our interest and keeps us motivated. It’s harder to stay on track at work if you grow bored and frustrated easily. 

Best jobs for ADHD:

Teacher

Chef

Hair Stylist

Small Business Owner

Entrepreneur

Emergency First Responder

Nurse

Writer

Artist

Software Developer

Famous people past and present with ADHD

Richard Branson: An English business magnet and investor who founded Virgin Group.

Michael Phelps: An American swimmer who won a total of 22 Olympic medals.

Bill Gates: The creator and founder of Microsoft, estimated to be worth $92 billion dollars.

Albert Einstein: One of the most famous thinkers of all time who developed the Theory of Relativity despite being inflicted with ADHD and possibly Asperger’s Syndrome.

Jessica McCabe: An American actress, writer and YouTube personality. She is best know for as the host from the YouTube channel How to ADHD.

Howie Mandel: Famous comedian, actor, television host and voice actor. Best known as the host of the show Deal or No Deal.

Ty Pennington: Famous for his role on Extreme Makeover; Home Edition.

Andre Brown: A former American football running back. He had been a member of the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, Washington Redskins and Houston Texans.

Michelle Rodriguez: An American actress best known for her roles in Hollywood blockbusters such as Fast & Furious, Resident Evil and S.W.A.T.

Brookley Wofford: Best know for being a pageant queen who won the crown as Miss Minnesota United States in 2015. She has been the buster of myths surrounding ADHD and now she’s the national spokesperson for Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).

I wanted to share with you a part of my life I’ve been quiet about for years. When I was growing up I struggled with behavior and learning problems when I was in school. School was not my strong point when I was a kid, in fact if you ask anybody I grew up with they’ll remember me as the class clown and this was due to being so prone to boredom and frustration. I was officially diagnosed with ADHD when I was 19 and I’ve been taking medication and been managing the symptoms ever since. Also, despite having problems in school and not expected to do well I did go to college and earn an Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degree. Since then I’ve continued to help myself overcome the odds. I’m convinced that ADHD is a superpower that can be continuously harnessed for awesome things. Including this blog.

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