ADHD Strengths and Positive Personality Traits

I just wrote a blog about understanding ADHD and found myself writing out the same tendencies and symptoms you’ve probably seen a million times before. The problem is that the list focuses on the negatives of the “disorder.” The truth is that ADHD is neurological in nature and can also be explained as just different brain wiring. Think of it as being left handed in a right handed world.

At this point, you may be thinking “Yeah, yeah, but what can I do to fix it?”

Before you try to eradicate the “symptoms” completely, think about the advantages of an ADHD wired brain. Here is a completely different list of questions that susses out the positive personality traits of ADHD.

ADHD Strengths

  • Do you have lots of energy and enthusiasm?
  • Do you like to try new things?
  • Are you an idea person?
  • Are you intuitive?
  • Are you driven in the area of your passion?
  • Do you have a great imagination?
  • Are you a great problem solver?
  • Are you able to bring a high level of concentration to something you’re interested in?
  • Are you empathetic?
  • Are you easy going?
  • Do you have a strong desire to contribute?

ADHD and Follow Through Tips

Once upon a time, there was a commercial that featured a man weighing himself at a gym. He then ran one lap around the gym before weighing himself again. As might be expected, he was crestfallen when the scale didn’t budge. While I have no idea the product that was being advertised, that commercial stayed with me because I could empathize with the man. It would be a lot easier to skip that doughnut or put in an hour on a treadmill if there were immediate results, hence my policy requiring “immediate gratification.” Let’s face it, if the reward is too far off in the future, it may not provide enough motivation to stay on course.

Lest you think its a matter of self discipline, however, think again. The authors of the book Following Through: A Revolutionary New Model for Finishing Whatever You Start blame poor follow through on our faulty, human brain wiring. As they explain, while our higher level, evolved brain is great at thinking out solutions and adapting to circumstances, it often circumvents the remnant of our animal instinct that would otherwise take immediate action toward our needs and goals.

This is especially true for those of us with ADHD, who often live in our heads, estimate time poorly, and can be easily distracted by whatever interests us at the time. While our ADHD tendencies can sometimes weaken are ability to follow through, we have still other tendencies (or strengths) that might strengthen it. For example, if impulsivity is one of our ADHD tendencies, it might allow us to better act on instinct. Additionally, our hyper focus may allow us to stay motivated for quite a while.

ADHD and Follow Through Tips

Whatever our individual tendencies regarding follow through, those of us with ADHD can certainly benefit from a strategy of two. This post is an introduction to a series that will explore some tips for ADHD and follow through; so keep an eye out for more blogs and feel free to add any suggestions or strategies in the comment section below.

Alternative ADHD Treatments and Theories

The website Born to Explore was started by Teresa Gallagher, a mother of an ADHD child. She attempts to approach ADHD from a different point of view. For instance, she argues that not everyone who meets the diagnostic criteria for ADHD has the actual disorder and that ADD is not necessarily a brain defect. In addition to “exploring” other possible sources of ADHD-like behaviors, the website explores alternative treatments and puts a positive spin on those traits now associated with ADHD.

What Can the Organization Do for You?

In addition to providing alternative ADHD Treatments and Theories, Gallagher gives helpful tips and recommends books that approach ADD positively. She also takes a skeptics stance in exploring accepted conclusions about the disorder. For instance, the website sets out an in-depth history of the disorder and points out ways in which the diagnosis is still vague and confusing.

First and foremost, Gallagher makes you think by exploring all the different theories, treatments and resources available.

ADHD Strengths and Positive Personality Traits

I just wrote a blog about understanding ADHD and found myself writing out the same tendencies and symptoms you’ve probably seen a million times before. The problem is that the list focuses on the negatives of the “disorder.” The truth is that ADHD is neurological in nature and can also be explained as just different brain wiring. Think of it as being left handed in a right handed world.

At this point, you may be thinking “Yeah, yeah, but what can I do to fix it?”

Before you try to eradicate the “symptoms” completely, think about the advantages of an ADHD wired brain. Here is a completely different list of questions that susses out the positive personality traits of ADHD.

ADHD Strengths

:

  • Do you have lots of energy and enthusiasm?
  • Do you like to try new things?
  • Are you an idea person?
  • Are you intuitive?
  • Are you driven in the area of your passion?
  • Do you have a great imagination?
  • Are you a great problem solver?
  • Are you able to bring a high level of concentration to something you’re interested in?
  • Are you empathetic?
  • Are you easy going?
  • Do you have a strong desire to contribute?