There are people who say that having ADHD makes you creative. And there are those who say that that hasn’t been proven. And there are those who say that ADHD creativity is a myth.
I say that creativity is a matter of creating. And creating requires you to be able to concentrate on the process. And concentration on a single process is what is known as focus.
Having ADHD is pretty much the opposite of being able to focus, at least on things that you choose to focus on. “But we have hyperfocus.” I hear you saying. And yes, there are times when we can zone in on something But Dr. Charles Barkley suggests that “hyperfocus” is the wrong name for that.
On Monday we had a little talk about a friend of mine who has a local business and told me about how much he valued the strengths that an employee with ADHD could bring to the table.
I asked him if he had to do anything differently to make the value evident, and he offered the following suggestions.
He suggested that lists were a bad thing. I looked at him kind of oddly, and he clarified by explaining that if a person makes a list of things they need to do, that’s fine. It’s their list, they’re invested in it. But if they are handed a list, it will get lost.
On Wednesday I published a post in which I said that you can’t cure ADHD with diet.
RonH commented, “Actually, it may be possible to cure ADHD with diet. ADHD is not a disease, but a set of behavioral symptoms. If you are lucky enough to have a doctor who will do a thorough ‘differential diagnosis’, it is often possible to locate and treat the underlying cause of ADHD symptoms. [...]” and so on.
He goes on to talk about a doctor with a book and a diet cure, of course.
Symptoms. You’re saying we have symptoms in common, and of course you’re right. I thought the same thing when I first considered this title.
For instance, if you have ADHD – Predominantly Inattentive type, then we possibly share being distracted, forgetful and disorganized. We are likely to have poor concentration and spend more time than we should daydreaming. Oh, and we may also have difficulty completing tasks. Lucky us.
If you have ADHD – Predominantly Hyperactive type, then we possibly share a tendency towards excessive fidgeting, and being restless. We might share hyperactive, and we probably have difficulty waiting in line or staying seated when needs dictate that we should. We might also have a tendency toward , immature and/or destructive behavior. (Who? Me?)
Okay, I think I’ve figured something out. The cause of ADHD is everywhere. It’s iodine.
I mean think about it, iodine is in the salt we eat, and no matter how we try to avoid salt, it’s in everything.
Of course you’re asking why doesn’t everyone have ADHD. Well, if we keep going, soon everyone will.
It said: “[sic]your article is not a true fact. going into a store and coming out with something different is being stupid. having a list read to u and trying to remember is more accurate. it has to do with being able to pay attention and listening without being sidetracked”
I had to give it some serious thought before I figured out why this bothered me. And here’s what I came up with …
A conversation in the future:
“Papa, Timothy , my friend at school, says there was a time when people thought they were normal. Is that true?”
“Ha ha, well, yes, Bonnie, that is true. There was a time when humanity knew so little that some of our ancestors thought of themselves that way. But we know better than that now.”
The people who align themselves with autism have coined the phrase ‘neuro-typical’ or ‘NT’ to refer to non-autistic people. I’ve also used ‘NT’ as well as the phrase ‘norman’, a concatenation of the words normal and human, to refer to non-ADHDers. The words normal and typical suggest that there is an average or a norm that is represented by the general population.
Ever get the feeling that your day just disappeared? Maybe I should ask if you ever get a day that seems to just pace itself perfectly and the things you need to do just get checked off in a timely and orderly fashion?
I know my answers. Days disappear all the time … and no, that other kind of day does not exist.
Okay, I do seem to have vague memories of days like that. From before my diagnosis, but I don’t know if they existed or if I just thought I’d had days like that.
I’m getting very tired of this. If you would like to tell me that you do not have ADHD, feel free. If you would like to tell me that you can’t find your car keys six days out of seven, but you don’t have ADHD, that’s okay.
If you would like to tell me that you walk into rooms 50 times a day and wonder what you went in there for, AND you can’t find your car keys but you don’t have ADHD, that’s okay too.
If you want to tell me you cannot focus on a book long enough to read the synopsis, you walk into rooms and then can’t remember why and can’t find yo
ur keys but you don’t have ADHD … that’s fine.
A lot of my friends are people with ADHD. And I hear a lot of things about life with ADHD from them. I don’t agree with everything I hear, but I’m not saying that they are wrong.
Some of us have some aspects of the disorder and some of us have others. I’m grateful I’m not the person with all of them.
I’ve heard more than a few members of our tribe complain about folks who “think they might be ADHD” because they always lose their keys, or they can’t concentrate to read, or they get lost easily.
It’s not their fault that they believe that is all that one needs to be considered a candidate for an ADHD diagnosis.
Yes, the information is out there, yes they could look it up. But are they being told to?