151 Positives Of ADHD

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The Advantages of Attention Surplus Condition, more commonly known as Attention Deficit Hyperactity Disorder.

Yes there are real problems with having ADHD, but there are also many positives of having ADHD. To be realistic about ADHD, you need to understand them both.

Too many view ADHD as mere pathology. They only see the negatives of ADHD.

As an adult ADHD coach who has ADHD, I know there are real negatives to having ADHD, and I get paid to help ADHD entrepreneurs and people in the work force to help clarify and find ways to manage those negatives for their unique ADHD brains over the phone since 2003. 

See a list of some of the challenges for people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and ways to deal with those challenges.

This is one of the most popular pages on my site and has been translated into multiple languages.

Participant Ideas from Pete Quily’s Practical Success Tips for Adults with ADHD Talk at CHADD Vancouver.

We had 151 positive characteristics, 26 challenges and 62 ideas on how to deal with the challenges. More than a 5:1 ratio of positives to challenges. No double blind studies were harmed in the collection of them:)

151 Positive Characteristics of People with Attention Deficit HyperActivity Disorder.


Ability to find alternate paths to overcome obstacles
Able to take on large situations
Adventurous, courageous, lives outside of boundaries
Always finding alternate routes to any given location.
Always willing to help others
Ambitious – you want to be everything when “you grow up”
Attractive personality – magnetic due to high energy

Being able to see the big picture
Being able to see the patterns in the chaos.
Being intuitive towards others’ difficulties
Broad focus – can see more, notice things more

Can create order from chaos
Can do many projects at once
Can make people feel they are heard
Can see the big picture
Can talk about several things at one time
Can think on my feet
Career variety
Centre of attention
Comfortable talking in front of groups
Comfortable with change and chaos
Compassion for others and for themselves
Conceptualizes well
Constantly evolving
Creates connections easily
Creative writing
Creative – musical, artistic, “dramatic”

Determined to gain more control

Eager to make friends
Eager to try new things
Empathetic, sensitive
Excellent organizers using journals and reminders (notes etc.)

Flexible – changes as the situation requires
Fun guy to be around

Good in a crisis
Good at conceptualizing
Good at customer relations
Good at motivating self and others
Good at multitasking
Good at problem solving
Good at public speaking
Good at understanding others/mind reading – empathetic
Good conversationalist
Good delegator and good at organizing others
Good in emergency situations
Good listener
Good looking and aware of it
Good people skills
Good self esteem, energetic
Great brain-stormer
Great multitasker
Great self-company
Great sense of humour
Great storyteller
Great with kids (central figure around kids)

Hands-on workers
Hard worker
Has friendly relations with their family
Has the gift of gab
Helps others who are also in trouble
High energy – go, go, go
Holistic thinking
Humour, very healthy, quick picking up ideas
Hyper focus !!
Hypersensitive – very empathetic and good at non-verbal communications

Idea generator
Impulsive (in a good way) not afraid to act
It’s ok to not finish everything

Learning as much as I can to help children and others with ADHD
Less sleep is good (midnight to 6 am)
Like to talk a lot
Likes learning new things
Look at multidimensional sides to a situation
Lots of interests
Loves to cook and be creative

Master idea generator
Mentoring others/helpful
Mentoring people with low self esteem
Move on fast – never hold a grudge
Multitasks well

Never bored and rarely boring
Never intimidated to try new things
Non-linear, multi-dimensional/edge of chaos
Not afraid to speak mind
Not contained by boundaries.

On stage and ready

Problem solver

Quick thinking
Quick witted

Relates to people easily

Saves money in the short term by forgetting to file tax returns
See and remember details – recount them later
Sees the big picture
Socially adaptive and flexible.
Stabilizer during difficult situations

Takes initiative
Think outside the box
Thinks 2 meters ahead of the world
Thinks big, dreams big

Unlimited energy

Very creative, able to generate a lot of ideas
Very hard working to compensate – workaholic
Very intuitive
Very resourceful
Very successful
Visual learner

Willing to take risks
Willingness to help others
Won’t tolerate boredom
Works well under pressure

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