So, you’ve been told that you’re easily distracted, impulsive, restless, and even hyperactive? You might have been told you have ADHD, which stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
You are not alone. In fact, 1 in 10 of your classmates might be going through the same experience as you. Of course, ADHD may get in the way of everyday things you want to do such as sitting still, or following through on something, or focusing for long periods… but guess what? There are not only things you can do to work your challenges, there are some awesome superpowers that come with ADHD. Here are 11 of them:
1. You think differently—and that’s valuable!
More and more, the world around us is realizing that old ways of thinking might need to be updated. And how can we start to see things in a new way if we don’t value people who think differently? Your mind is unique, and that makes you a valuable contributing member of society! You might be the one to discover a creative solution that no one else would have thought of.
2. You have boundless energy!
The National Institute of Mental Health says that hyperactivity is a major part of ADHD. The “hyperactive” part of ADHD can actually be a lot of fun. You have plenty of energy to dominate in sports, tackle any task at hand, and explore your surroundings. All this energy makes you ambitious, and energizing to be around – people feed off your energy!
3. Creativity is easy for you.
Your brain is wired a little differently than most, and creative, innovative thinking comes naturally to you. People with ADHD make great artists, scientists, and creative-types, since your brain is naturally interesting and inventive.
4. You have an amazing talent for detail.
You might feel like your mind sometimes works like a pinball—bouncing around from point to point. Sometimes this can feel like a lack of focus, but it also means that your mind is capable of covering many details at once or in a short time. Did you know that ADHD is actually sometimes called an “attention surplus?” This means that you actually do have the ability to focus really well, your focus just looks different than it does in other people.
5. You rock the things you’re passionate about with hyperfocus.
Sometimes it feels like your ADHD just won’t let you focus on something. While this is true, it can sometimes actually help you to have super intense “hyperfocus.” Oftentimes, kids and adults with ADHD have extremely passionate interests. Maybe it’s model trains, maybe it’s computers, maybe it’s playing the guitar—the point is that you are willing to dedicate endless time and energy to working on and perfecting the things you are passionate about.
6. You have serious resilience.
Not only does your mind’s ability to quickly shift from thing to thing give you terrific flexibility and ability to “go with the flow,” and “turn on a dime,” but your talent for quickly shifting gears helps you stay resilient in life. In fact, people with ADHD stay cool in a crisis and are often E.R. doctors or nurses, firefighters, police officers, stock traders, athletes, and even entertainers.
7. You are sensitive to others’ differences.
Do you find that sometimes you have very deep emotional reactions? People with ADHD feel the world around them very deeply. Since you are a little different and get what it’s like to feel this way, you understand when those around you could use a little empathy for their own unique characteristics.
8. You are spontaneous!
“Boring” is not a word that is usually applied to you. With a million ideas a minute, you are not willing to get mired down by routine. Maybe you want to invent a new language, or build a soccer field in your backyard. Chances are, your friends love to spend time with you because you always want to get out there and try new things.
9. You are wiling to take risks!
Doctors and scientists say that “impulsivity” is one indicator of ADHD. And maybe you don’t always think things all the way through. Sometimes grown-ups don’t like this, but it can help you get ahead. Taking risks is necessary for achieving big rewards – after all, you can only accomplish so much while staying in your comfort zone.
10. You are enthusiastic!
Your boundless energy means you’re usually bursting with enthusiasm about the things that excite you. Would you rather go through life feeling super enthusiastic, or bored? We thought so.
11. You have a world-class imagination.
ADHD isn’t all bouncing off the walls. In fact, many kids with ADHD lead rich inner-lives, and are prone to long, deep daydreaming. You can use this imaginative talent to write incredible stories, dream up new inventions, or anything you want! The world is your oyster 🙂