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ADHD and What I’m Thankful For

On this blog, I often talk about the things that someone as an individual can do to improve life with ADHD. The reason is simple: how I cope with ADHD through my own actions is one aspect of the condition that I actually have control over, so it’s one that’s productive to focus on.

CornucopiaBut Thanksgiving is all about acknowledging the things we don’t have control over that have turned out well for us. Well, that and stuffing our faces. Being grateful is basically about realizing that we don’t have a say in many things that affect our lives, so it’s worth stopping to appreciate it when those things go our way.

In my case, here are some things I’m grateful for having to do with my ADHD:

  • My diagnosis: I’m grateful that my ADHD has been diagnosed, something which certainly isn’t a given if you have ADHD. This has given me tools to understand my life and to seek out help in coping with my symptoms.
  • Support from other people: Supportive friends and family can make a big difference in finding your way in life with ADHD. For example, even though my parents weren’t especially literate in ADHD or mental health when I was growing up, they did always support me in pursuing the things I was passionate about, and developing those interests is key to thriving with ADHD.
  • My interests: Speaking of the activities I’m passionate about… finding things that really motivate you and engage you are crucial to living with ADHD. I’m so grateful that I have discovered things like music, writing and traveling, because to some extent the enjoyment I get from these activities overrides the challenges of having ADHD.

Note that ADHD itself is not featured on the list of things I’m grateful for. But it’s not specifically something I’m ungrateful either. At this point, it’s just a part of my life. I accept that, and I’m thankful when I find activities and environments that fit with the way my brain works.

What are you grateful for that helps you cope with ADHD, or that just makes life better in general? Please share in the comments!

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ADHD and What I’m Thankful For

Neil Petersen

Neil Petersen writes regularly on education, learning disabilities and technology. He received his B.A. in 2014 and was diagnosed with ADHD at the beginning of his college studies. Neil also works for a music education non-profit and hopes to help create an education system that can better serve students with ADHD.

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APA Reference
Petersen, N. (2018). ADHD and What I’m Thankful For. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 19, 2019, from


Last updated: 20 Nov 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 20 Nov 2018
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