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The Benefits of ADHD

Attention hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a medical
condition that affects a person’s ability to focus, pay attention, or control their
behavior. Healthcare providers usually diagnose this condition in childhood. However,
some people are not diagnosed until adulthood.

The three main characteristics of a person with ADHD are
inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD also can cause a person to
experience very high energy levels. Some symptoms associated with ADHD include:

  • being highly
    impatient
  • difficulty performing
    tasks quietly
  • difficulty following
    instructions
  • trouble waiting
    for things or showing patience
  • losing things frequently
  • often seeming as if they aren’t
    paying attention
  • talking seemingly nonstop

There is no definitive test to diagnose
ADHD. However, healthcare providers can evaluate children or adults for the
condition based on symptoms. A number of treatments are available to improve a
person’s concentration and behavior. These include medications and therapy.
ADHD is a highly manageable disease. When taught adaptive techniques to help
with time management and organization skills, people with ADHD are able to
achieve better levels of concentration.

ADHD can be difficult for a person
to live with. Some people think those with ADHD are “out of control” or
difficult because they have trouble following directions. While ADHD can mean
behavioral challenges, having the condition has proven to be an advantage to
some.

Celebrities With ADHD

Many people with ADHD have turned
their unique behavioral challenges into well-known success. Examples of
celebrities whose healthcare providers have diagnosed them with ADHD include:

  • Adam Levine
  • Albert Einstein
  • Channing Tatum
  • Glenn Beck
  • James Carville
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Karina Smirnoff
  • Richard Branson 
  • Salvador Dali
  • Solange Knowles
  • Ty Pennington
  • Whoopi
    Goldberg

Athletes with ADHD also use the
extra energy toward their respective fields. Examples of athletes with ADHD
include:

  • swimmer
    Michael Phelps
  • soccer
    goalie Tim Howard
  • baseball
    player Shane Victorino
  • NFL Hall of
    Famer Terry Bradshaw

Personality Strengths and
ADHD

Not
every person with ADHD has the same personality traits, but there are some
personal strengths that can make having the condition an advantage, not a drawback.
Examples of these traits include:

  • energetic: Some with ADHD often have seemingly
    endless amounts of energy, which they are able to channel toward success on the
    playing field, school, or work.
  • spontaneous: Some people with ADHD can turn
    impulsivity into spontaneity. They may be the life of the party or may be more
    open and willing to try new things and break free from the status quo.
  • creative and
    inventive: Living with ADHD may give
    the person a different perspective on life and encourage them to approach tasks
    and situations with a thoughtful eye. As a result, some with ADHD may be
    inventive thinkers. Others words to describe them may be original, artistic,
    and creative.
  • hyperfocused: According to Pepperdine
    University, some people with ADHD may become hyperfocused. This makes
    them so intently focused on a task that they may not even notice the world
    around them. The benefit to this is when given an assignment, a person with
    ADHD may work at it until its completion without breaking concentration.

Sometimes a person with ADHD needs
assistance in harnessing these traits to their benefit. Teacher, counselors,
therapists, and parents can all play a role. These experts can help a person
with ADHD explore a creative side or devote energy to finishing a task.

Research About ADHD Benefits

Research about
ADHD benefits is often based more on stories from people with ADHD than actual
statistics. Some people with the condition report that the condition has affected
them for the better.

A study published in the journal Child Neuropsychology found that ADHD sample groups
displayed greater levels of creativity in performing certain tasks than their peers
without a diagnosis of ADHD. Researchers asked participants to draw animals
that lived on a plant that was different from Earth and create an idea for a
new toy. These findings support the idea that those with ADHD are often
creative and innovative.

A diagnosis of
ADHD does not have to put a person at a disadvantage in life. Instead, ADHD can
and has contributed to the success of many movie stars, athletes, and
businesspeople. From Albert Einstein to Michael Jordan to President George W.
Bush, there are many people who have reached the pinnacles of their fields with
ADHD. 

Posted by: Dr.Health

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