Some people have preconceptions about what it’s like to ADHD.
You may imagine someone who is very loud and annoying.
In reality, having ADHD is just a different way of functioning, and it can be a real asset.
For example, people with ADHD are highly creative and can learn a lot about a broad range of topics.
Understanding how different people are wired can help form stronger bonds between people with different personality types — it will simply take compromises.
Picture someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). You’re probably imagining a person who is easily distracted, can barely sit still, and impulsively jumps from topic to topic at a hundred miles an hour.
For some people this is endearing, but for others, someone with ADHD sounds like their worst nightmare.
But our preconceptions aren’t always entirely correct. For example, it’s a myth that people with OCD always want things clean, or that introverts are unsociable hermits.
ADHD is simply another form of neurodiversity — which is the name for all the different ways our brains are wired.
Doctor of psychology Perpetua Neo told Business Insider we can learn to leverage the glory of those differences instead of being held back by the stigma.
She said it is presumed that people with ADHD cannot sit still, are always moving around, cannot finish projects, and don’t concentrate.
“If you think about it, most of us go to school, and this education setting is designed for people who sit still,” she said. “That’s essentially the way society is wired to operate in. And ADHD kids, the high functioning ones, can be extremely high ability but they fall through the cracks because they cant be bothered — because class is so boring for them.”
Sometimes, they give up completely and fall all the way to the bottom of the class. Either way, she said, children with ADHD tend to be neglected, and this doesn’t set them up well for having faith in themselves as they get older. Simply telling them to sit still when they cannot breeds an environment of not being good enough — which can produce a lot of anxiety and shame about who they are.
Some people are ‘settlers’ and others are ‘explorers’
Neo said there is another way of thinking about ADHD. It is a kind of variation that humanity needs, she said, because every society needs people who are “settlers,” and also those who are “explorers.”
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Source:: Business Insider