"What should be positive about ADHD?" Do you know such utterances from others or maybe from your own thoughts? I would like to invite you to set up "different glasses" today and to look at ADHD and ADHD people from a different perspective.
Again and again, I ask this question at the beginning of my seminars and further education to find out what my participants already know about ADHD.
Typically, I then hear the following answers:
Concentration disorder, fastidious, exhausting, difficult, jerky, restless, chaos, forgetful, impulsive, etc.
I think this list could be continued arbitrarily. Do you notice anything? Right.
The spontaneous associations with ADHD are predominantly (even almost ALL) negative. We hardly think positively about people with ADHD.
And this is exactly what not only the perception of ADHD looks like in my seminar participants, but also in the public eye. "ADHD - the disorder". Sad but true. Of course, an ADHD constitution brings with it certain weaknesses and problems. Just like any other personality constitution and every other person as well.
For me personally, it is important to always convey a different view of ADHD in my training because I do not see ADHD as a "disorder" or "illness". Read more here: Why ADHD is not a disease for me.
It is a "knitting pattern", simply a "way of being", like so many other species. And every personal knitting pattern is both negative and positive. ADHD people perceive differently, they think differently, they feel different, they act differently. And properly understood, accepted, and used, ADHD is an asset. Personally, I find it very good that there are ADHD people.
And by the way, even if I ask my clients themselves, few actually call themselves sick because they have ADHD. As different, maybe as difficult, yes, but not as sick or disturbed. But ADHD can make you sick if you do not understand it, do not accept it and you cannot manage it. More can be found here.
ADHD positively viewed through the "strength glasses"
I would like to introduce you to another perspective on ADHD. How about if we did not look through the weak glasses, but through the strength glasses? If we were not looking from the disruption side, but from the capabilities side? And if we look positively, rather than negatively, at ADHD people?
ADHD is the ability to perceive many things that others do not perceive.
ADHD is the ability to quickly connect, connect, and create new things.
It is the ability to react spontaneously and flexible - if there is a need for it
ADHD people enrich their environment with creativity, innovation, and dedication.
They bring color into the lives of their relatives, are unconventional, find solutions that others often do not see.
ADHD people are very good advisers because they feel lightning-fast and intuitively where to go next.
Without ADHD errs there would be many technical inventions and developments.
Without ADHD, many companies and our society as a whole would not be where it is now.
ADHD errs are visionaries, power horses and draft horses when they are in a place where they can use their strengths and abilities - and was to let them be and appreciate who they are.