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October is ADHD Awareness Month!

ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurodevelopmental condition most often diagnosed in childhood or adolescence. Approximately 11 percent of American children ages 4 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD.

Some common symptoms of those with ADHD may include:
  • Inattentiveness, impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity

  • Being highly impatient

  • Having difficulty performing tasks quietly

  • Having difficulty following instructions

  • Losing things frequently

  • Often seeming as if they aren’t paying attention

  • Talking seemingly nonstop

Personality strengths of people with ADHD
  • Being Energetic. Some individuals with ADHD often have seemingly endless amounts of energy that they’re able to channel toward success on the playing field, in school, or at work.

  • Being Spontaneous. Some people with ADHD can turn impulsivity into spontaneity. They may be the life of the party or may be more open and willing to try new things and break free from the status quo.

  • Being Creative and Inventive. Living with ADHD may give the person a different perspective on life and encourage them to approach tasks and situations with a thoughtful eye. As a result, some with ADHD may be inventive thinkers. Other words to describe them may be original, artistic, and creative.

  • Being Hyper-Focused. Some people with ADHD may become hyper focused, which makes them so intently focused on a task that they may not even notice the world around them. The benefit to this is that, when given an assignment, a person with ADHD may work at it until it's completion without breaking concentration.

It can help for people with ADHD to get assistance in harnessing these traits to their benefit. Teachers, counselors, therapists, and parents can all play a role. They can help a person with ADHD explore a creative side or devote energy to finishing a task.


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