I'm Different!

I have always been unique, goofy, funny, creative, odd, in the principals office, late, daydreaming, and overall one of a kind. I always thought it was because I am Italian! It turns out I have some degree of ADD or ADHD. Being over 40 years old, this was a surprise to me. All these years, I never knew.

At first, I was embarrassed to have it. I felt shame. However, the more I read and learn, I see ADD/ADHD is considered by many to be a badge of honor.

Many famous people had ADD/ADHD. To name a few: Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Ben Franklin, Albert Einstein, Babe Ruth, Beethoven, and Alexander the Great. If you or your children have been diagnosed please be sure to remember you are in good company.

People with ADD/ADHD are creative, energetic, open, humorous, quick thinkers, and often positive in spirit. Many are good at sports (Michael Phelps), make friends easily, and are filled with new ideas.

People with ADD/ADHD can often hyper-focus for hours at a time. This means they can concentrate on one thing to the exclusion of all else for long periods of time. You can imagine how that strength would be important to inventors, musicians, or athletes.

There is a good side to ADD/ADHD. Let me recommend this book, Spark, by John J. Ratey, MD. This book offers a new perspective of ADD/ADHD and gives concrete examples of how to control, focus, and unleash the positive power ADD/ADHD can provide.