• Art Jahnke

    Senior Contributing Editor

    Art Janke

    Art Jahnke began his career at the Real Paper, a Boston area alternative weekly. He has worked as a writer and editor at Boston Magazine, web editorial director at CXO Media, and executive editor in Marketing & Communications at Boston University, where his work was honored with many awards. Profile

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There are 3 comments on Some Good Words about ADHD

  1. It’s very important to know that ADHD does not automatically equil fast processing speeds. For some they may be able to think quickly, but ADHD has been linked to slow processing and I think its harmful to imply that quick thinking is an inherent ability when you have ADHD.

    The only super power one gets when they have ADHD is their own unique ability to live with it. While it’s understandable to want to be positive about something that can cause so much trouble in someone’s life, implying that people should just use the “positive” traits to their advantage just further shames other people with ADHD who might not have them. It also teaches NT people to expect a level of achievement based around these assumptions and can again put pressure on other ADHD people who fail to meet those standards. It creates that “well this person could be successful, so you’re just not trying.”

    1. I understand, I have ADHD, and no one knows it, but although if you were to recognize the ADHD symptoms you then would be able to tell. I use my ADHD to think ahead, I’m actually very clean, organized, and artistic. I like to play video games, sing, draw, play sports and listen to music. I even play the electric guitar. I understand that some people with ADHD wouldn’t have the same reasons to cope with it, put I didn’t even realize I had it till my mom told me then I realized all the traits even when I thought they were normal.

  2. I have ADHD. It was really hard at the start of my diagnosis to get my head around it all and process how it would make everyone think of me differently. But a couple years ago I realised that I have a MASSIBE advantage over most people. For example, when I’m playing video games, I can think far faster than everyone else, do things faster on the keyboard than most, and can see things that almost everybody missed. I also play a game called beat saber (in which you hit blocks I’m a certain direction to the beat of a song. Most people stuglle with the game but I can play the game at incredible speeds and just react so fast. I can play the fastest songs and still find it easy. It made me realise that ADHD is so underrated and it helps me so much more than it makes things worse

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