Your ADHD Superpowers And Your ADHD Kryptonite

I got this framed as a gift for my first talk on ADHD as an Adult ADHD Coach at CHADD Vancouver back in 2003. The members generated:

26 challenges of ADHD.

62 specific examples of how to deal with those ADHD challenges.

151 positives of ADHD.

Note the ratio.

Here a picture of The Positive Aspects Of ADHD.

The positive aspects of ADHD picThe positive aspects of ADHD pic

Adapted from 1995 book, Teenagers With ADD A Parents’ Guide by Chris A. Zeigler Dendy. Latest version of this book.

ADHD can be your superpower. And ADHD can be your kryptonite too.

How well you understand what ADHD is, how it affects your unique ADHD brain, understand ADHD stigma, and how well you learn different ways to manage your ADHD and recognize and develop and use your ADHD strengths will determine your ratio of superpower to kryptonite.

This can vary day by day.

We ADDers can hyperfocus for hours IF it is something that we are interested in. We often are in intellectually, mechanically, emotionally, artistically, or kinesthetically creative fields. Creativity is impulsivity done right. We ADDers never have to take a course to be creative, we’re idea generating machines, we have to limit our creative ideas so we actually complete some.

There are real Social And Economic Costs Of ADHD. It is very expensive for society to continue to stigmatize and neglect us and it is very expensive for individuals and their families to stay in denial or minimization on ADHD.

90% of Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are undiagnosed and untreated.

Dr. Russell Barkley, Monitor on Psychology March 2012, page 70.

Here is how some people with ADHD explain adult ADHD.

Symptoms of ADHD, diagnosis and treatment articles.

Maybe someone you know might find the 5 minute Harvard Adult ADHD Screener Test helpful. ADHD is 80% genetic so if your child has it…

Scroll down to find out the symptoms of ADHD in children and teenagers. 

If you do screen for it, few in BC are properly trained on ADHD in BC the government and the medical bureaucracy stigmatize or neglect us, so it’s important to find someone who is to get an accurate diagnosis.

Many people with ADHD get misdiagnosed with depression and anxiety.

See also my post Is It Depression or ADHD? Especially the comments.

ADHD vs Undiagnosed ADHD vs Undiagnosed-ADHD-in-Treatment Resistent Depression

See my list of Vancouver area psychiatrists and psychologists known to be able to diagnose & treat ADHD

If you’re in the Metro Vancouver Area you can visit the only 2 ADHD support groups in BC and meet other ADDers live in person, we’re not boring people:)

I run the Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group. We have people from Whistler to Delta, Victoria to Mission, and once from Kelowna come to our meetings. 

I’m on the board of CHADD Vancouver ADHD Support Group.

If there is no ADHD support group near you, do what I did, create one. How to Start And Run A Support Group. If you do, let me know.

Learn more about ADHD in Adults.

Learn more about ADHD in Children and Teenagers. Don’t forget, ADHD is 80% genetic, so unless your child is adopted…


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Want an overview of ADHD? Here are the notes from a talk I did on it 

1. Defining ADHD
2. ADHD Impairments
3. Co-existing or Co-morbid conditions that go along with ADHD
4. Costs of ADHD
5. Positives of ADHD
6. Famous people with ADHD
7. Myths about ADHD
8. Social media
9. Some ADHD links



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