Unleash the ADHD: All the Great Ones Did It

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I want to play a word-association game. You know, where I say a word and you tell me what the first thing that comes to your mind a la Skyfall. OK. Ready? Here it is:


So what were some of the words that you came up with? Hyper? Problem child? Learning disability? If none of those came to mind, I'm sure you've heard of at least one of those before in relation to ADHD or someone who was dealing with it. But if you asked Dr. Dale Archer, MD, to do the same word association exercise, he would have come up with two words: “overdiagnosed” and “driving force.” 

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In an article by Patrick A. Coleman at Fatherly, Dr. Archer's ideas about ADHD (from which he suffers) are laid out pretty nicely — nicely in the sense that he argues there is so much good that can come from ADHD.

The facts are these: the condition may indeed affect the sufferer extensively, and it's more than known to last into adulthood. Now, a diagnosis of ADHD doesn't necessarily mean that the sufferer is going to be manically bouncing off the walls all the way into their 40s and 50s. What it does mean, actually, according to Dr. Archer, is that there are at least three [really great] things that people who suffer from ADHD have going for them.

Here's a quick list of the traits that Dr. Archer claims that ADHD sufferers exhibit:

  1. Kids with ADHD have a different way of thinking about things
  2. Kids with ADHD demonstrate signs of restlessness and resilience
  3. Kids with ADHD see chaos as normal, which could be a good or a bad thing

Now, if you want to look at the glass half-empty, “different,” “restlessness,” and “chaos” aren't necessarily favorite words for people when they're explaining their personality. But if you take a positive route in looking at those characteristics, you see a driven, creative, perseverant person that sees success and innovation in the future. 

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Sure, there's going to be a need for some nurturing and patience from within the home for those ADHD sufferers “enjoyers.” But there are tons of people that had ADHD and thrived, some of those people being Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Beethoven, and a slew of other highly accomplished people.

All of this and potentially more could be your child's if you do one thing that Dr. Archer suggests:

Forego the medication and let the ADHD free!


How do you feel about this? Do you think ADHD has the potential to help people? Do you or your child have ADHD? Let us know!

What do you think?

Unleash the ADHD: All the Great Ones Did It

Jace Whatcott is a self-diagnosed introvert who loves crossword puzzles, golf, and reading. Despite being a male contributor—one of the few on this particular website—he is not in unfamiliar territory. Because he is an English major, 90% of his classmates are females, so he’s not too worried about being a fish out of water. One of his favorite things to do is to raid local thrift stores for used books. He’s always looking for something to read, or for something to put on his endless to-r ... More

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  1. Shannon says:

    I don’t want my son on meds but he was kicked out of one school and the school he’s at now is requesting that something be done.
    He also has at a lot of anger the doctor says he has ODD and ADD

  2. c says:

    Yes I am a true believer that children should not be medicated but would you not treat yourself of you were diagnosed with cancer? As an educator and a mother I despise putting a child on medication but if it is what is best then treatment is what they should receive and as for the ” great ones” that had ADHD. Please research before you speak not one of those people mentioned in the article made it very far in education. Albert Einstein was the only one to make it to college and with further investigation you will see that he did not attend school regularly. He had a one of a kind brain that was able to study and retain quickly and even he did not pass entrance exams the first time. Therefore yes they may have been “great ones” but school was not a top priority it was the skill that they excelled in that they spent their time on. In today’s world that is not a real possibility for us. If it was of coarse we would all be able to focus on one trait and become experts or great ones no matter our diagnosis or not. So in summary do what your children need to get then through school so that they have the ability to make educated decisions for the rest of their lives!

  3. Rebecca says:

    Yes!!! Finally! The medications to “treat” ADHD are so physically, emotionally, and mentally draining. They turn people into zombies. I should know! I was on them for years. They are also SUPER addicting. I like my natural personally better, even with the messy room.

  4. Christine says:

    I love how every single mental disability brings up Albert Einstein as having it. Considering there was no such diagnosis as ADHD when he was alive (or Beethoven or da Vinci), I don’t believe that is an accurate thing to say and sends people down the wrong path.

  5. Dianita says:

    My 8 yr old daughter has ADHD. Officially diagnosed when she was 5yrs. She originally started on kapvay but it did not help. We then started daytrana patch and it really helped. We loved the flexibility we had with it. We used it daily then was able to decrease it to every 2-3 days. Over this past summer we stopped using it and she did fine so when school started back I didn’t get the daytrana filled. Oh what a mistake that was. She began getting in trouble at school for talking excessively, distracting the class, not following directions.She was unable to comprehend basic instructions. Her grades suffered tremendously. She went from being an A student to a D student. Multiples notes from teacher sent home and meetings with the teachers. I wanted to believe she was cured and never needed medication ever again. With all that being said, I will never let her go unmedicated again. I now know that she needs medicine to help her function and adapt to her chaos.Without medicine she is completely dysfunctional. So I basically feel you have to do what’s best for them.

  6. Tani says:

    I would rather not medicate my child if he ends up having ADHD, however, I was not diagnosed ADD until I was in my mid 20s. The biggest struggle for me was trying to focus my thoughts. Medication, for me, has made a world of a difference because it helps me concentrate and collect my thoughts. I would rather not be on meds if there was another way…


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