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My ADHD Super Power

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So here’s my question: Is it fair to use my ADHD powers for personal gain? Well, I suppose that to answer that question, I’d first have to ascertain what those powers would be, wouldn’t I?

I mean, if I’m just deluded into thinking that I have powers of any sort that stem from my ADHD, when in fact I do not, then the answer to the first question would actually be “Whatever.”

On the other hand, if I do have super powers, they’d be worth investigating, you know, so I’d know what I’ve got to work with, right?

So let’s begin the sleuthing

There are those who say we, the ADHD community, have the gift of thinking outside the box. Well, gift or not, I have already said that the more truthful description of that is that we don’t even know what box people are talking about.

Perhaps people are drawing boxes around things while we’ve already gone zooming out into the far distant reaches of the galaxies of our thoughts. “You drew a box? Sorry, must have happened after I left.”

So I guess that outside the box thing isn’t really a super power I can count on.

But what about creativity?

Okay, there’s one that people often trot out, the good old ADHD creativity. Well, I know some people who are pretty creative. And by and large I’d have to say that a lot of them exhibit traits of ADHD. But not all of them. And I know lots of folks with ADHD, and so many of them are creative. But again, not all of them.

So creativity isn’t an ADHD super power, or not one that can be counted on.

You can’t just create a super power …

I often think that ADHD is a mind unleashed, a mind unfettered from the constraints of plodding and methodical thought patterns.

So perhaps this high percentage of ADHD among the creative souls, or indeed the high percentage of creativity among the ADHD souls, can be attributed to that constant wandering and wondering. Wondering what if, what next, what about …

Well, what about empathy?

Ah yes. Empathy. It is said that we are very empathic, or  empathetic. And I know that to be the case, often. If I stop to think about someone and the things I know about them, I often can’t find proof for it all. And yet it usually turns out that all the things I think I know, are true.

But when do I stop to think? Exactly so. I often don’t. Some of the things I know in fact might get out of my mouth without thinking and that’s me in trouble. Other times there will be things that I don’t realize even though they’d be plain enough for a neuro-typical to see, but I, with my supposed super ADHD empathic powers completely miss because there was something shiny in the room.

So … no super powers?

Well, yeah, there’s some there. A mind that goes at the speed of lightning, creating virtual things that might or might not get physically accomplished and sometimes sees right through the saddest persons loneliest nightmares … or sometimes not.

And the answer to my question, is it fair to use these powers for personal gain? Sure it is. And I wish me good luck, I’ll likely need it.

Oh well, I’m still the ADHD Man of DistrAction. That’s a super power, sort of.

My ADHD Super Power

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live on the traditional lands of the Chippewas of Nawash in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or 7 generations and my First Nations friend's families go back hundreds of generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I am a freelance writer and I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about living with ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2016). My ADHD Super Power. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 10, 2020, from


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