Different Opinions About the Benefits of ADD ADHD
Yes, we do have different opinions and viewpoints, not surprising, and I appreciate all the comments. And I respect all the opinions, but –
Here are my responses, from my viewpoint:
1. ADD ADHD gives us the gift of creativity
Yes, I believe we tend to be more creative, and I value my creativity. But it’s not that much of a benefit if I’m trying to create all kinds of things at one time and can’t get anything done.
2. ADD ADHD gives us a wide range of interests
Yes, but I’m interested in so many things that I find it hard to set priorities and learn anything in depth – “I know a little bit about a lot of things –” (song from before your time). It’s hard to let anything go. Right now I’m into songwriting; and enjoying it, but think there will be very little return. And there are better uses of my time.
3. ADD ADHD helps us think outside the box.
Yes, that’s a gift, but sometimes I blurt out off-the-wall things, and often I find it hard to do things just the regular way, which might be the most efficient way,, which might be the reason that it’s the regular way.
4. ADD ADHD gives us compassion.
Well, maybe. Maybe any kind of chronic problem or handicap would give us compassion? But I think if I’m too tied up and struggling to just get through the day, manage the hassles and sort out the problems I have caused for myself, I may not have much time, energy, or attention left over for compassion for anyone else’s problems; I may not notice them at all.
5. ADD ADHD gives us hyperfocus.
Yes, I love it when I can hyperfocus on something and be really productive – if it is on something that is in fact productive and not a tangent or waste of time, and if I can unconnect from it when necessary.
Sorry if the title was offensive. Was that an example of impulsive blurting out poor judgement or a shrewd hyperfocused creative way to get your attention?
Review of ADD ADHD benefits posts and comments:
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Responses to Benefits of ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 568