Explore the ADHD Mind

Understanding ADHD is important, whether you have it or not!

“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.”

~Dalai Lama

One of the best gifts we can give others is to take the time to understand them. And it turns out, understanding others is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves.

If you google “what is ADHD” you are likely to get this result with the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) description at the top of the results:

Note: “of childhood” in that definition. It does say that it often lasts into adulthood…but it definitely focuses on children (you can read the rest of it here).

Plenty of adults have ADHD…but I wonder if there are adults who mistakenly think this only affects children. Another reason why it’s important to understand it.

In episode 53 of Siren Soapbox, the sirens explored how ADHD impacts adults (especially women). Each of the sirens (and most people) have experienced ADHD in one way or another, so the experiences we brought into this episode were different.

Some of the sirens came into this episode understanding firsthand how it feels to live with ADHD. All of the sirens have known and loved people with ADHD. But to ensure that we had some commonalities in this area, we all participated in some research and activities to increase understanding.

  • We took this quiz to understand ourselves related to ADHD.
  • We watched this TED talk to gain an understanding of ADHD in adults.
  • We watched this video to help us understand how ADHD impacts women.
  • Then to really understand how it feels to live with ADHD, we watched this video by Fizzy Blood:

We also spent time chatting with the ADHD Lady herself, Amanda Carey. She understands ADHD through life experience and research, and it was great to hear what she had to say. You can learn from her too, or even receive coaching on how to support yourself or someone else with ADHD by checking out her website, here. You can also follow her on TikTok for daily suggestions and ideas.

It’s easy to find lists of ADHD’s signs and symptoms, potential causes, types, and treatments. If you go back to that CDC article, you’ll find all of that information.

It’s what they DON’T list that might be the most important information to understand – ways in which having ADHD benefits someone, or the good traits of ADHD. In fact, most people I talked with had NO IDEA there was a positive side!

So…let’s list them (we found this information in this Healthline article and this article from Medical News Today, as well as our own experience and some other resources):

  • Energetic
  • Spontaneous
  • Creative
  • Artistic
  • Inventive
  • Hyper-focused
  • Courageous
  • Great at Conversation
  • Resilient

It turns out another great reason to understand ADHD is to realize (and spread the word) that there is a positive side! I can’t help but wonder why we don’t talk more about the benefits…?

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”

Marie Curie

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