I Love ADHD!
I do. I love ADHD!
I love kids with ADHD, I even love adults with ADHD (one in particular, so much so that I married him). I think ADHD is fabulous, or should I say it can be...
For you parents out there who are saying, Whaaaatt? She must be crazy? She must not have met my kid, or my spouse? I have. I've met them all. I've been working with kids, teens, and adults with ADHD since I was just a baby psychologist. My first practicum during my Masters was at the Center for ADHD in Louisville, Kentucky. I became the ADHD Manager at the community mental health center where I worked outside of Louisville, in Bullitt County, Kentucky; in between my Masters and my Doctorate. The ADHD population has been my favorite population of people to work with since I began working in psychology.
Why? Because no two people are alike, and there are so many fascinating positives that go along with the condition that no one addresses, and it's really fun to find them and focus on them! It's really exciting to turn negatives into positives and watch people's, especially children's, self perception totally shift! Are there challenges to having ADHD? ABSOLUTELY! But you likely already know what they are and there other pages on this website that will explain them as well. This page is about the good side and why I get excited about working with people with the condition.
Typically, they're really interesting! Never a dull moment. Very creative. Often quite bright, if not exceptionally intelligent? Can think outside the box. Lots of times there's a wonderful sense of humor, quick wit, or clever little stinker hidden in there. And lots of energy! Channeling all of this in the right direction can lead to amazing success! So how much fun does that job sound? Right! I love ADHD!