Unleash the ADHD: All the Great Ones Did It
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.”
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:
- Kids with ADHD have a different way of thinking about things
- Kids with ADHD demonstrate signs of restlessness and resilience
- 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.
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!