While there are many real problems with having ADHD that many non ADDer don’t understand, and I’ve been coaching working adults and entrepreneurs with ADHD on how to manage them more effectively since 2003 over the phone, there are also many competitive advantages of having ADHD too.
This would also include being a writer who has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or as I like to call it, Attention Surplus Condition. Whether it’s a published author, a blogger, or a journalist. Or all of the above.
See my post that lists writers who have confirmed they have ADHD who have published non-ADHD books. If you know any that are not on that list, please let me know in that post in the comments and I’ll add them.
My Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group volunteers and our partners are organizing 27 activities in Vancouver, BC, Canada for BC ADHD Awareness Week in the Lower Mainland, as part of a total of 77 events in 23 Lower Mainland BC municipalities.
We’re doing ADHD Awareness week book displays in 75 Libraries and bookstores in 23 BC Cities.
We’ve got an amazing response by Librarians. We’ve got 20 of 21 Vancouver public Libraries, All 4 Richmond Libraries, All 9 Surrey Libraries and all 25 Fraser Valley Regional Libraries and Libraries in other BC cities too.
Those ADHD Awareness Week book displays will contain these items and possibly others:
- Books on ADHD
- Books by authors who have publicly confirmed they have ADHD on non-ADHD topics. Vs. someone who thinks author x has ADHD but has no proof. Or someone who mistakenly confused a famous people with LD – Learning Disabilities list with a famous persons with ADHD list. Yes 30% of people with ADHD have LD but not all do. I also think some are more likely to go public with LD than ADHD because there is less stigma against LD and more on ADHD. Hence the need for ADHD Awareness week. Help get the word out.
- Brochures on the only 2 ADHD Support Groups in BC, The Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group and CHADD Vancouver. BC is unfortunately very backwards on ADHD
Many people with ADHD have problems in schools. But some people like me who have ADHD, self medicate with information and learning and can do very well in school.
There are also Ph.D.’s with ADHD and a MENSA ADHD special interest group of 600+ people.
ADHD can be a competitive edge as a writer if channelled properly. In the spirit of my Top Ten Advantages of Having ADHD in a High Tech Career post, I thought I’d do a post about the advantage of having ADHD as a writer. That could be a writer of books, a blogger, or a reporter. Or all of the above:)
11 Advantages Of Having ADHD As A Writer
1. ADHD hyperfocus for hours on things WE find interesting.
2. Naturally very high levels of curiosity. No ADDer had to take a course on how to be creative. We have to limit ours to complete things.
3. Extreme creativity (intellectual, emotional, artistic, kinesthetic, or mechanical or a combination thereof).
4. Great hunters of information. Whether on the Internet, in a library, or calling up individuals and organizations to find out information others can’t find. See Thom Hartmann’s ADHD Hunter Farmer Theory.
5. Frequently scanning our environment for changes. As long as it’s not paperwork, the Kryptonite of ADHD Adults. Especially taxes, even if the government owes us money.
We’re able to notice things others do not, including patterns, because we don’t filter sensory input that well. It can also be a disadvantage too, ie easily lead to overload and overwhelm if we don’t learn to manage our ADHD properly. Here are 10 ways to do so.
6. Willingness to challenge the status quo and conventional wisdom. Sometimes very easily and often:) Many of us ADDErs are not afraid to go in a different direction than the herd.
7. Fast processing minds IF we find the topic interesting. The downside, sometimes listening to slow talkers can be painful since we often already know where they’re going before they finish, and we want them to get to the point.
8. High energy levels. Sometimes you need to stay up late to get things done. Or put in more extra work to meet that deadline.
9. Ability to multitask with ease. Have 2 or 3 browsers open with multiple tabs? And a dozen other applications open? You might have ADHD.
10. Deadlines help us focus and power through to complete things. Some of us ADDErs wait until the last minutes before a deadline and use that stress and occasional panic to crank up our adrenaline levels to get things completed. Adrenaline helps us focus. Ideally don’t do this as your only strategy or you’ll brownout or burnout.
11. Telling us it can’t be done, or we’ll never be able to do it, actually can be a strong motivator for us. Thank you ODD:) We can be very persistent if we want. I.e., getting 75 libraries and bookstores in 23 BC cities to create ADHD book displays with no paid staff in a short period of time.
Are you a writer who has ADHD? What do you think are some of the other advantages of having ADHD as a writer? What are some of the disadvantages? Tell us in the comment section below this post.