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ADHD vs. Plant

Last week, NBC ran an article on how more millennials are diving into parenthood than ever before … plant parenthood, that is.

PlantThe article got me thinking – maybe that’s what’s missing from my life. A smooth, green member of my family who I can dump a glass of water on once a week and then forget about.

When I’ve experimented with plant ownership in the past, that “forget about” part is where things have tended to go wrong. A missed week of watering turns into a missed month, as my plant quietly wilts to a point of no return.

Of course, a main selling point of plants is that the stakes are so much lower. If you have a pet or child in your care, forgetting about their existence for weeks or months at a time simply is not an option. As an ADHD millennial who casts a wary eye on commitment, a small-to-medium-size plant might be the perfect outlet for my paternal energies.

Compared to a pet, a plant is much less likely to eat your slippers. And compared to a child, it’s much less likely to wake you up at night crying.

Interestingly, there’s reason to think that a plant could, at least in theory, have some therapeutic effects on ADHD symptoms too. In children, having access to green space improves ADHD symptoms. In adults, working in an office environment with plants boosts productivity.

The more I think about it, the more I’m excited about the prospect of welcoming a small, leafy organism into my household. So am I going to go out and buy a cool new plant this weekend?

Honestly, probably not. This feels like one of those ideas that I get enthusiastic about in theory but never bother to follow through on. I have a lot of those, and I’ve gotten pretty good at spotting them.

But maybe I’ve, ahem, planted the idea in your head. If you want to test-drive your caretaking skills before committing to a dog or an actual human baby, a plant could be the right investment for you. Ditto if you’re looking to improve the atmosphere in your workspace to facilitate productivity and concentration. Anyway, if you do decide to embark on your own game of ADHD vs. plant, let me know!

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ADHD vs. Plant

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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Petersen, N. (2018). ADHD vs. Plant. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 11, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-millennial/2018/12/adhd-vs-plant/

 

Last updated: 1 Dec 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 1 Dec 2018
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