ADHD Features I Love: ADD Strengths and Benefits
Thanksgiving is not a perfect mashed potato or a beautifully watered bird. It’s not about baking a perfect pumpkin pie, or even squeezing a turkey trot before supper. If we accept the brief respite it offers, Thanksgiving is a well-deserved break that encourages us to express our gratitude to our families, friends, and ourselves.
To this end, we recently requested ADDitude readers to share a moment when they felt grateful for a specific trait associated with their ADHD. Read their responses below. Who Characteristics of ADHD do you enjoy the most? Tell us in the comments section.
ADHD characteristic that I like: Hyperfocus
“I started my own business at home when my children were small and I couldn’t afford daycare. I had to work in the evenings because it was the only time I wasn’t running after three children. Since obtaining my Diagnosis of ADHD, I can now see that my ability to work from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. was due to hyperfocus. Back then I just knew I had to, so I crossed several nights without sleep a month.”—Anne
“The trait that comes to mind most is my hyperfocus in my work as a therapist. My hyperfocus allows me to be very present with my clients, and the forgetfulness, disorganization, and poor time management that frustrates me (and others) nearly melts me. I have to be aware of my impulsiveness and tendency to interrupt because I’m excited about a breakthrough statement a client is making, and I want to jump in immediately. But I can hold back a few words after my interruption and quickly say, “I’m sorry, go ahead. So far, they almost always do. – A ADDitude Reader
“I was studying for a final calculus exam and I had the amazing ability to block out all external noise. My teacher suggested I might have ADHD and was right! After being diagnosed, I learned the term hyperfocus. I did well in the numeracy course, which I attribute to my ADHD. Hyperfocus can be mentally draining, but sometimes it’s necessary. —Dovid, Michigan
Feature of ADHD that I love: Creativity
“Creativity is definitely my best ADHD trait. As a music teacher, it helped keep my students (and me) engaged. I had my classes write songs about math or reading, and I’ve already written an entire Christmas musical, one act at a time. I have bouts of anxiety and depression, but writing poetry and music helps me get out of my funk. My creativity has blessed me at every stage of my life. Now my grandchildren and I write songs or make videos, and I use my piano skills to sing along at the nursing home where my mother lives. Yes, being ADHD is a roller coaster ride, but I like the thrills along the way!” —Debbie
“Creativity is the head and shoulders best ADHD trait for me. So, although I can’t think linearly to save my life or make decisions easily, the number of connections my brain makes in a day brings me the most joy. I never completely lost my childhood wonder or curiosity. I am grateful for this trait every day. It keeps me going when everything else becomes an unbearable chore. If only I could find a career where it was my most frequent “duty”, I would find my calling in life.– A ADDitude Reader
“This weekend I choreographed a whole solo dance number for next week’s show. ADHD played into my expectation until the last minute, but it also helped me buckle up and quickly invent and memorize four minutes of choreography in three hours. I am grateful for the creativity and passion that ADHD gives me which allows me to accomplish things like this. And while I normally hate it, I guess I have to scream hyperfocus too!” – A ADDitude Reader
Feature of ADHD that I love: Impulsivity
“I am grateful that my lack of impulse control made me ask my husband if we could get married after our first meeting. I just knew he was my person, and luckily for me, he didn’t run away! We have been happily married for 12 years now! — A ADDitude Reader
Feature of ADHD that I love: Curiosity
” I never get bored. I see the extraordinary in ordinary events and places and people. I also always have the ‘game’ in mind. — Susan, Canada
Feature of ADHD that I like: Great interpersonal skills
“My ‘superpower’ is the ability to read people exceptionally well and see the undercurrents that others don’t see. It has helped me excel in my HR career. I can walk into a room and instantly tell you what’s going on. —Charlie, Australia
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