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The Positive Aspects of ADHD

The Positive Aspects of ADHD
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Today, a great deal of information about ADHD is available. A considerable amount has been written about the difficulties and peculiarities presented by people with ADHD at an academic, familial, or social level. However, very little information has touched upon the positive aspects of ADHD.Upon researching this topic of the subject I have found that, most often, the following traits are presented:

Temperamental Traits Among People With ADHD

  • Optimists: They easily forget the bad and focus on the good, pleasant things. They focus on lighthearted things rather than burdensome. This is also extrapolated to personal relationships as they easily forgive without holding a grudge.
  • Ingenuous: They are spontaneous, open, without malice, and quite sincere when saying what they think.
  • Sensitive and empathetic with a great sense of justice: They like helping others and making new friends. As a result, they usually have various groups of friends and highly value friendship and belonging to a group.
  • Impulsive, innovative, curious, and creative: Impulsive people can present a tendency to look for the new, or the exciting. They are rather curious by nature.
  • Cautious: The most inattentive people tend to fear frustration and error more easily and consequently are more cautious.
  • Good motivators for others: Because they have a hard time finding motivation themselves.
  • Talkers, narrators: They certainly can be very good storytellers.

Behavioral Traits Among People With ADHD

  • Improvisors: They manage to improvise quite well because they are quick thinkers and search for immediate solutions to everyday problems.
  • Passionate in their areas of interest: They squeeze as much as they can out of what they like and dive into projects that pique their interest.
  • Adventurous: Because they have very little risk awareness and tend to do things that most wouldn’t.
  • Curious and observant: They bring different points of view to a problem and as a result provide creative and original solutions.
  • Very active: Such as completing various tasks on the same day.

At Work

  • Good at multitasking: They also work well when they are doing various things at once.
  • They excel in specific areas of work: Therefore, they prefer to work on short, intense projects and continue changing.
  • They can make up for their absentmindedness with because they have good management strategies.
  • Some companies seek out people with this profile due to their creativity and resource-saving skills.

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References about ADHD

  1. Barkley, Russell A., Mariellen Fischer, Lori Smallish, and Kenneth Fletcher. 2004. “Young Adult Follow-up of Hyperactive Children: Antisocial Activities and Drug Use.” Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 45 (2): 195–211. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-7610.2004.00214.x.
  2. Biederman, Joseph. 1996. “A Prospective 4-Year Follow-up Study of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity and Related Disorders.” Archives of General Psychiatry 53 (5): 437. https://doi.org/10.1001/archpsyc.1996.01830050073012.
  3. Biederman, Joseph, Stephen V. Faraone, Thomas J. Spencer, Eric Mick, Michael C. Monuteaux, and Megan Aleardi. 2006. “Functional Impairments in Adults With Self-Reports of Diagnosed ADHD.” The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 67 (04): 524–40. https://doi.org/10.4088/jcp.v67n0403.
  4. Duncan, G.J, C.J Dowsett, and A Claessens. 2007. “Supplemental Material for School Readiness and Later Achievement.” Developmental Psychology 43 (6). https://doi.org/10.1037/0012-1649.43.6.1428.supp.
  5. Klassen, A. F. 2004. “Health-Related Quality of Life in Children and Adolescents Who Have a Diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.” PEDIATRICS 114 (5): e541–47. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2004-0844.
  6. LeFever, Gretchen B., Margaret S. Villers, Ardythe L. Morrow, and E. Sidney Vaughn,. 2001. “Parental Perceptions of Adverse Educational Outcomes among Children Diagnosed and Treated for ADHD: A Call for Improved School/Provider Collaboration.” Psychology in the Schools 39 (1): 63–71. https://doi.org/10.1002/pits.10000.
  7. Shaw, Monica, Paul Hodgkins, Hervé Caci, Susan Young, Jennifer Kahle, Alisa G Woods, and L Eugene Arnold. 2012. “A Systematic Review and Analysis of Long-Term Outcomes in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Effects of Treatment and Non-Treatment.” BMC Medicine 10 (1). https://doi.org/10.1186/1741-7015-10-99.
  8. Wehmeier, Peter M., Alexander Schacht, and Russell A. Barkley. 2010. “Social and Emotional Impairment in Children and Adolescents with ADHD and the Impact on Quality of Life.” Journal of Adolescent Health 46 (3): 209–17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2009.09.009.

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BS Communicative Disorders & BA Spanish from the University of Rhode Island.
Master’s in International Education from the Universidad de Alcalá– Instituto Franklin.
She has worked as a teacher in three different countries and is now a Translator on the Content Creation Team at Smartick and helps to adapt content for blog posts.
As a native Rhode Islander she loves any activity on the water and when she’s not working you can find her traveling, kickboxing, or trying out a new recipe.
Casey Aubin

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