ADD ADHD as a gift?
Christmas makes us think of gifts, hopefully among other things, and that reminds me of those who write about enjoying the gift of ADD ADHD.
Yes, we do tend to be creative, think outside the box, be able to multiple task, and have exciting lives – if you call jumping from catastrophe to catastrophe exciting.
And I do appreciate those aspects, but in honesty, if my ADD ADHD is a gift, I would like to know where I could return it.
Here is an example from a book blurb:
Making ADHD a Gift advocates that individuals with ADHD use their disorder to maximize attention span, improve social skills, harness impulsivity, and turn hyperactivity into periods of extreme productivity
Personally, I do enjoy the occasional hyper productivity, especially when it is on something that is in fact productive, but I don’t understand how I can use my weaknesses to improve my weaknesses.?? But, I haven’t read the book.
Research from the net:
I did a little research on ADD ADHD being a gift, and most of it seems to be saying to realize and utilize your strengths, don’t think of yourself as a loser and a victim, and when you recognize the problems your ADD ADHD is causing you, come up with strategies to cope with them rather than being destroyed by them. Nothing there I would disagree with, except the original concept of the gift.
Being positive about ADD ADHD
So to me, when I recognize my ADD ADHD problems, I’m not being negative, I’m being positive, because then I can come up with strategies for them. And still appreciate and use my strengths, and find the kind of job or activities that are best suited for me.
I decided not to include them, because overall, they didn’t make much sense to me. Sorry.
Question o the Day:
What is your position on this question? Are you grateful for your gift of ADD ADHD? Do you acknowledge the problems so you can cope with them?
Is this a gift?