Having ADHD should not be thought of as all bad
news. Those with ADHD can find life a struggle (much like
everyone else) but they can also be very successful. Being able
to think quickly and instinctively, being highly creative, or
having a determined nature can be advantageous qualities. Many
successful adults now believe they wouldn’t have achieved so
much without their ADHD. Here are some examples:
- Daniel Bedingfield was diagnosed with ADHD aged fifteen, after a
difficult childhood. He says ADHD has helped his song writing.
- Michael Phelps, the multi Olympic gold medal winner, has ADHD. The reason
why he is so successful is not simply down to talent, but also to the fact he
was somewhat obsessive in his determination to be a great swimmer.
- Billy Connolly, the world-famous comedian, believes his unpredictable,
fast-moving style of comedy results from his ADHD.
People like this (and there are many other examples), show that ADHD
should not be thought of as a disability. A successful and
fulfilling life can result from understanding more about the
condition, and reacting proactively to their strengths and