Is ADHD really a superpower?

by | May 3, 2023 | Blog

The short answer is no, ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder. It doesn’t turn you into Batman or the Incredible Hulk. That said, has anyone ever questioned if all fictional superheroes actually have ADHD?! Maybe they do…

I totally get why it’s portrayed this way. But if you asked me pre-diagnosis if I felt like I had superpowers I would have laughed in your face. My life was a chaotic, unregulated, messy mess! (still is at times!) I needed someone with superpowers to fix it all for me.

It’s weird how my perception has changed since being diagnosed with ADHD a few years ago. I started to see myself differently. I started to get to know myself and realised how powerful my brain is when it feeds off the right things. The determination and drive are unreal when I take my foot off the brakes. The problem is, once the breaks are off it’s hard to get them back on. The only way to stop is to crash into that brick wall (burnt out).

I make quite impulsive decisions (Well so I’m told). In my mind they aren’t impulsive, they are very logical and there’s always a method in my madness. I think others see it as ‘madness in my methods’😬 What’s important is my methodical madness always turns out to be the best decision I’ve ever made…..maybe this is a superpower? or maybe that’s driven by my inability to consider consequences and act on impulse?

I know I see the world differently to others. I’ve been told on a few occasions that I stress over things that aren’t worth being stressed about and don’t have a care in the world for things that most people would be stressed about.

I swim in situations where most would sink….even though I’m not a very good swimmer! I can read a room quicker than Liam Neeson in Taken. Everyone has always said “You are over analysing it” “Stop reading into things”……but I always end up being spot on. Maybe this is my superpower?

I’m a go-getter. If I want something, I’m having it (I must sound like Veruca Salt from Charlie and the chocolate factory). The difference is I don’t demand what I want and stamp my feet so someone gives it to me. I figure out a way that I can make it happen. Sometimes that’s by hard bloody work….lack of sleep, late nights, early mornings, no time to eat, hours of researching and obsessing until I get what it was I wanted. Maybe that’s my superpower? Or is this just the positive aspects of being hyperactive & impulsive?

I have the ability to be multiple versions of myself…. depending on who I’m with and what version I feel fits best. This is a skill and a curse at the same time. ‘I’m adaptable’ is how it’s worded on a CV. I adapt who I am, which is what I see happen in real life. I do less adapting these days, because I’m more at peace with being ‘me’. But spending your who life mastering multiple versions of yourself is got to be a superpower surely? but also draining at the same time.

So to conclude….ADHD is not a superpower.

But if you understand your skills & strengths, you can put these things to good use and thrive in life. Then you become your own superhero! To understand more about ADHD you can visit our Understanding ADHD page on our website.

 

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