The Pro's And The Con's Of Working With Adult Adhd...Yes, There Are Benefits! - ADHD: Disorder or Difference?

Yup,.. I have a high IQ and Adult ADHD that really messes with my work life!

Now this first section is a snippet from....From The Book You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid Or Crazy! By Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo

Fast Growing company looking for one special employee!
The perfect candidate will be someone who has:

difficulty with rules and authority
ineffective communication skills
trouble switching between tasks
an intolerance to noise
an inability to handle interruptions

an irritable, moody unpredictable and impatient personality
an intrusive, impulsive, and hyperactive behavior style

That's a job designed for Adders

Now the negatives listed above are listed again here, not the work arounds or maybe positives listed after the words ''can be'' (can be accommodations too)

difficulty with rules and authority, can be develops possibilities and solves problems

ineffective communication skills, can be only with excessive complexity
an intolerance to noise, can be can be super focus + ability to get one job done well

an inability to handle interruptions, can be super focus = ability to get one job done well --in small setting

and irritable, moody, unpredictable and impatient personality, can be shaking up complacency getting things done.

an intrusive, impulsive and hyperactive behavior style, can be not so bad in a small setting; energizing, getting things done; stimulating.

Actually there is more of an upside to ADHD...for example these workers

First of all, let’s discuss the highly desirable characteristics of the ADHD worker.  Then we’ll talk about those annoying characteristics that result in those labels of dumb and lazy, which were mentioned earlier.  ADHD workers are usually very devoted to their job and trustworthy.  Once they focus on a task, they can become relentless in solving a problem or completing a project.  They have the energy to stick it out when everyone else gives up.  They can think out of the box and provide solutions to problems that few can see.  They may be outwardly going and make great salesmen, athletes, entertainers, or teachers.  They may be inwardly focused, thus enhancing their creativity to become inventors, accountants, writers, project managers, or troubleshooters.  It’s obvious by now that these workers who just have a different mindset can really be a tremendous asset to your company.  Hey, if they help productivity go up, what happens to profits? 

Next...151 Positive Characteristics of People with Attention Deficit 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”
Good in a crisis 
Good at customer relations
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 at conceptualizing
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
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
Holistic thinking
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 explore
Willing to take risks
Willingness to help others
Won’t tolerate boredom
Works well under pressure

Hmmm.. makes me wonder if the late CEO Steve Jobs of Apple had this, I know Albert Einstein did!

Also see.......
Here is the type of stuff in his book.

ADHD: Disorder or Difference? Submitted by Thom Hartmann 

Is ADHD a disorder, or are people just different?  Written by Thom Hartmann & Vaudree Lavallee

The "Hunter in a Farmer's World" metaphor was first used in the original 1993 version of "ADD: A Different Perception" to characterize the life situations in which those with ADHD often found themselves.

The metaphor is now popularly used to refer to subsequent Thom Hartmann books many of which address the ongoing wounding of our children by those who still portray ADHD/ADD as a disease.

"ADD: A Different Perception" provided a more feasible (and substantially more accurate) reinterpretation of the widespread fable used by those who wish to depict ADHD persons as "deficient" and "disordered."The Hunter/Farmer hypothesis presumes that, irrelevant of where one places on the ADHD continuum, one not only has weakness to be compensated for, but also ADHD-related strengths that we must nurture. 

We have always suggested that the cluster of "Hunter genes" and the cluster of "Farmer genes" have been with us since the earliest dawn of the human race: neither "evolved" from the other. (Indeed, this spectrum of behavior is seen within species across the animal kingdom, from dogs and cats to chimps and the great apes.) There has always been a need, in all societies, for the "adventurous explorer" and for the "careful bookkeeper," whether it be hunting and then skinning animals, or planting crops and entertaining the planters. The core of the hunter/farmer hypothesis, in short form, is that in hunting/gathering societies those persons with the "hunting gene" are rewarded and have an increased the probability of procreation, and among agricultural and post-agricultural/industrial societies (such as today) the "farming gene" is celebrated and increases the social and procreative advancement of farmers.

For example, no one will argue that hunters do not exhibit extreme difficulty in reciting nonsense syllables in correct sequence, or that they do not have poor rote memories. The disorder perspective attempts to "cure" such deviancy by encouraging (or forcing) ADHD children to work harder on sequence and rote.

Alternatively, the difference perspective assumes that different people may need to utilize different techniques to achieve the same goals. The difference perspective presumes that there are different ways of remembering, and different ways of processing and organizing input. As an example, researchers indicate that, in contrast to the excellent rote memories possessed by Farmers, intelligent Hunters not only boast, but are also able to take advantage of their "superior" incidental memories.  In other words, since Hunters are predisposed to scan their environments, they are more apt to record and then later utilize background information. Conversely, Farmers are more likely to think in terms of an object devoid of context.

What is an Adaptation and is ADHD one?

An adaptation, according to Barkley, is something that appears in hindsight to have been "designed for some purpose" or to solve "particular problems." The human thumb is commonly considered an such an adaptation, although the real adaptation may be the human creativity that allowed us to find a use or two for this oddly positioned finger. Other inventions, such as handcuffs or the inside of jars, could be used to "prove" that the thumb may also be maladaptive in certain circumstances. Which is view of the human thumb is right? Probably all three. The thumb debate is but a small example of the importance of avoiding absolute statements in an evolutionary context. 

By obsessively focusing on negatives and refusing to acknowledge any evidence of value in ADHD, anywhere, anytime, under any circumstances, the increasingly small circle of "pure pathology" advocates are bringing only pain, power-based relationships (between parents told to "take charge" of their ADHD children, as well as between professionals and their clients), and the most massive labeling, segregation, and ostracizing seen in our public schools since the early days of "separate but equal" education among the races.

SpiceZ SpiceZ
56-60, F
1 Response Dec 5, 2012

Thank you!! Never thought of ADHD in this manner. Mind-opening.

Your welcome, we live in a very non ADHD left brained linear culture, which does not honor, recognise these dominant traits of those of us with ADD/ADHD

For those interested in more of this...Read "A different perception" by Tom Hartman...