25 Good things about having A.D.H.D.

Tracy - posted on 11/20/2008 ( 55 moms have responded )

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I am the proud mother of the most beautiful, briliant, wonderful, charming, delightful 10 year old boy.... who happens to have ADHD. I remember taking him to the doctor before he'd started school, he is my 3rd son, so I was not new to the male toddler. VERY active, always go, go, go! So I voiced concern to his doctor that he may be ADHD, he brushed my concerns aside with "he's just an active little boy". So when he hit grade 1, his teacher expressed to me that she felt he may have attentional issues. Off to yet another doctor, in hopes of finding out once and for all, what we'd known to be true all along. Several tests later, it was confirmed. We chose to medicate, everyone has their own beliefs...
My point is this, there is such a stigma that goes along with ADHD, many believe that all kids with ADHD are behavioral, my son is not one of those. So when I found this forum, I decided that it was a good place to share the 25 Good Things About Having A.D.H.D. given to me by my son's doctor.
1. Lots of energy.
2. Willing to try things - take risks
3. Ready to talk, can talk a lot.
4. Gets along well with adults.
5. Can do several things at one time.
6. Smart.
7. Need less sleep.
8. Good sense of humour.
9. Very good at taking care of younger kids.
10. Spontaneous.
11. See details that other people miss.
12. Understand what it's like to be teased or to be in trouble so are understanding of other kids.
13. Can think of different and ways to do things.
14. Volunteer to help others.
15. Happy and enthusiastic.
16. Imaginative - creative.
17. Articulate - can say things well.
18. Sensitive - compassionate.
19. Eager to make new friends.
20. Great memory
21. Courageous.
22. More fun to be with than most kids.
23. Charming.
24. Warm and loving.
25. Care a lot about families.

Thought it would be nice to share this with the parents, who in turn could share this with their kids... they need to know that while day-to-day life can be challenging with adhd... that they do posses many qualities that make them WONDERFUL!!!

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These good things about kids or adults with add/adhd are correct because I am very smart I got Principal's List at least 7 times! Let your inner-self shine through!

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I have adhd/add and I am 10 years old. Sometimes I feel like people don't like me because they always say I'm wierd and talk way too much. But, in reply i say "It's Just because I like being friendly." So if your someone out there who has ADHD, don't be afraid to show the world that even though you have add/ADHD you still are caring and imaginative and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Juhi - posted on 08/15/2013

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My son also have ADHD he is 7 years old he so intelligent great memory very sharp n activ his IQ level is so high he studying nicely thanks to god for giving him to me

Katelyn - posted on 06/25/2013

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I always knew my son carried all these great traits!!! He is my special little guy:)

User - posted on 04/21/2012

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my son has very bad handwriting but on meds and telling him we have time do it nice its vary good

Deanna - posted on 04/16/2012

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that is why my child is so scared to tell anyone about her add and i am so sorry you and your son had to go thru it. and i hope u rip up that teachers ass verbally of course for pulling such a kiddish stunt. he had no right and should formally tell your son hes sorry what a jerk. may thair be better days and know hes got a gift no one could ever match.

Jennifer - posted on 04/13/2012

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I hope you had a real LONG talking with that teacher and school because thats not right EVER oooo man that makes me mad

Deanna - posted on 04/11/2012

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exactly i always knew what thay were but never could put them all together in one sitting (cause i was chasing the child around and getting sidetracked into random conversations with the child lol) but it is beutiful to see all together and in such a perfect place. thank you for posting it.. and now i will always have it.

Goodness - posted on 11/30/2011

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Kim - posted on 07/07/2011

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My adhd son Elijah and I just read this after a rough day at school due to laughing children because the teacher asked out loud if he had taken his meds. Anyway i just wanted to say his smile got bigger and bigger the more we read and he related to.This was wonderful.Thank you

Cindi - posted on 02/09/2009

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What a wonderful comment on our children. Those all describe my wonderful, little boy.

Christie - posted on 02/09/2009

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Wow, that list describes my 8 yr. old son so well. It is SO nice and much needed for parents of kids w/ADHD to see these positive attributes given to their kids. Too much time is spent focusing on all the negatives.

Susan - posted on 02/09/2009

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Funny to see this as I often think of lots of the same things as being a blessing about my daughter - she has a level of enthusiasm about almost everything that makes her so endearing and that I just love! Thanks for sharing your important reminder about what is wonderful about our chidlren!

Holly - posted on 02/09/2009

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Your 25 good things about ADHD was a breath of fresh air. I have a 9 year old son with ADHD. It is so easy to get caught up in the daily struggles that the good things become overshaddowed. Thanks I will share this with my son!

Brandie - posted on 02/08/2009

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This is wonderful and I am going to forward this to other moms I know who have wonderful children with ADHD as well. Thank you!! Brandie Caldwell

Dawn - posted on 02/08/2009

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Thanks we all need a little reminding sometimes of the positive thingd that go withADHD. I have put this page on my favourites so that IIIIIIII can use it when things are not so good just to keep going in the positive direction sometimes tooo much focus on the things he doesn't do well.

Cari - posted on 02/07/2009

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This is great..right now i am in the process of my 4 year old son being evaluated at school. and most of these are all true about my son. We have our first formal meeting on the 24..The social/emotional evaluator mentioned possible ADHD, so we'll see what the school says. Thanks

Denise - posted on 02/06/2009

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That is wonderful and Thank you for sharing this..I to believe that My 11 yr. old is wonderful , he has ADD. He is all of those 25 things. Again, THANK YOU, D

Karen - posted on 02/05/2009

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We've suspected my daughter has ADHD since she was very small but are just now getting a formal diagnosis.  I will print this list for her so she knows how special she really is.  ADHD may be a disability in some respects, but there also are great things about having a different way of thinking!  Thank you.  :)

Karen - posted on 02/05/2009

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We've suspected my daughter has ADHD since she was very small but are just now getting a formal diagnosis.  I will print this list for her so she knows how special she really is.  ADHD may be a disability in some respects, but there also are great things about having a different way of thinking!  Thank you.  :)

Sarah - posted on 02/04/2009

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omg that was just brill, it is easy to always think of the bad but everything in that list is true for my boy and more.



i love him to bits and i wouldnt change a hair on him. doesnt mean i dont struggle time to time but with every struggle there is laughter, smiles and fun so thank you for putin it so great , fair play to u



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Tracy - posted on 02/03/2009

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I like to think that if we as parents find this list such a positive thing, I can't imagine how it boosts their already fragile self esteems! Glad to share!

Renee - posted on 01/29/2009

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Wow what great list my sons have adhd and both are truly unique but meet a ton of the list its nice to see a positive spin

Joelle - posted on 01/29/2009

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I participated in a study through MGH also. They were carefully monitored for 12 wks on the medications. They were great there. I would recommend them if at some point they want to test him

Joelle - posted on 01/29/2009

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My oldest 15 has bipolr and ADD and my second 14 has bipolar the two of them are different with there symptoms. The 14 yr old used to have alot of anxiety and extreme mood swings (high and lows) since the meds he is 90% better. It is still like walking on egg shells at times. Certain things really can get him going but with his therapy he has learned to walk away. the 15 yr old got diagnoed not too long ago. he had more the lows and depression going on. he has been alot better. I didn't know if it was just a teenage thing but the meds really seem to help them. We have a very strong family history of bipolar. It is definately hereditary. It is not easy trying to deal with the mood swings at times. I am still learning more and more about it.

Tracy - posted on 01/28/2009

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Joelle, you're more than welcome. Bipolar is something I'd like to learn more about, the doctor indicated that he would like to test Preston for bipolar around the age of 13 due to how well he's reacted to the antidepressants that have been prescribed. I'm sure I could google it but I'm betting you could tell me pretty clearly what to look for and what is involved. if you wouldn't mind. : )

Joelle - posted on 01/28/2009

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Tracy, Thanks I love that you posted those 25 things! I have 5 children My oldest is bipolar with add, my second bipolar, my third ADHD and dyslexia, 4th and 5th  too young yet to tell. We have such a strong family history of bipolar. But that list is great I will definately post it because my kids have alot of those great qualities.

Joelle - posted on 01/28/2009

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Tracy, Thanks I love that you posted those 25 things! I have 5 children My oldest is bipolar with add, my second bipolar, my third ADHD and dyslexia, 4th and 5th  too young yet to tell. We have such a strong family history of bipolar. But that list is great I will definately post it because my kids have alot of those great qualities.

Joelle - posted on 01/28/2009

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Tracy, Thanks I love that you posted those 25 things! I have 5 children My oldest is bipolar with add, my second bipolar, my third ADHD and dyslexia, 4th and 5th  too young yet to tell. We have such a strong family history of bipolar. But that list is great I will definately post it because my kids have alot of those great qualities.

Joelle - posted on 01/28/2009

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Tracy, Thanks I love that you posted those 25 things! I have 5 children My oldest is bipolar with add, my second bipolar, my third ADHD and dyslexia, 4th and 5th  too young yet to tell. We have such a strong family history of bipolar. But that list is great I will definately post it because my kids have alot of those great qualities.

Ayanna - posted on 01/27/2009

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Hi, I'm new to "Circle of Moms" and I am literally in tears...I needed to read "the list!" You have helped me put things in perspective! Thank you so much!

Tracy - posted on 01/27/2009

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I am loving all this positive feedback! Glad to see that everyone is getting as much from the 25 things as I did!!

Lisa - posted on 01/27/2009

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I am an adult with ADHD and have a 10 year old son with ADHD so I have a unique perspective. Thank you for reminding me of all the positive things about ADHD. Even though I have lived with it all my life and am now teaching my son how to live with it, I often forget that ADHD has helpded me to get where I am in life.

Jen - posted on 01/26/2009

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Thank you so much for sharing this!! My daughter is 13 and was diagnosed when she was in the 2nd grade.She has always been the helper...loves to clean:)Her teachers tell me every year how wonderful she is! So many people think ADHD children are bad,so not true!! They are great kids just bursting with positive energy!

Bonnie - posted on 01/26/2009

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All of these things are right on. You have just described my son to a tee. My son was diagnosed in the first grade also. He is now grown and I believe it helps him now on his job. He learned at an early age to control his impulses so he wouldn't get into trouble, but that did nothing to slow his energy down. We never allowed to use his ADHD as an excuse for misbehavior. Now he is in the Air Force and gets commended regularly by his superiors on always being eager to get the job at hand done without procrastinating. I think children with ADHD are blessed with a lot of great qualities and it's the adults who raise them and teach them who need to be educated to that fact and taught how to teach them to channel their energies in ways that will be beneficial to their future. Thank you for sharing.

Tracy - posted on 01/26/2009

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You're more than welcome Pat... I'm glad that this is so helpful to so many other moms out there! I know Preston finds it a valuable list!

Pat - posted on 01/26/2009

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I love your post and can totally agree! My son will be 9 next month and has many of these. Thank-you for seeing the cup half full!

Christina - posted on 01/24/2009

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After reading all the positive things,it makes me wish i had adhd! I would get alot more done in my day.Thanks for posting! I will try to remember all these positive traits,especially during the testing times.

Tracy - posted on 01/24/2009

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You ladies are more than welcome! Always more than happy to share something, to help others realize that there are worse things than adhd! Challenging sure, but as Hayley said, "wouldn't change them for the world!" Things to remember... Enstein and Jim Carrey both had adhd!! They didn't seem to suffer as adults for it!

Hayley - posted on 01/24/2009

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This is great! My son to a tee, though his memory is that of an old man! I so hate the stigma surrounding adhd, no one else expect us can see through it! I hate going up my sons school where were looked at the parents of 'that naughty boy' they dont see him as anything else! I feel really sorry for him in that repect but then your reminded of everything else I wouldnt change him for the world!! thankyou!!

Jennifer - posted on 01/24/2009

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THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! In a STEP parenting Class we took they remind you to always be 70% positive and 30% negative with your kids regardless of issues or none at all. I'm so happy you sent something positive out there because we all need encouragement to help them deal with their self-esteem. Our children are truly gifts from god.

Tracy - posted on 01/23/2009

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You're more than welcom Danie... I must admit I share this purely for selfish reasons. My son does suffer with adhd, depression, and they want to test him when he's around 13 for bipolar... breaks my heart that such a wonderful spirit has to face such challenges... but these 25 things.... they help make that spirit unbreakable! I want the same for all children with adhd... heck for all children!

Danie - posted on 01/23/2009

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thank you for sharing that! I have 2 boys 10 and 8 and my oldest son has adhd and there are some days when i go crazy (like when they have been home for 5 days straight!) but after reading what you posted it will remind me of the postive to it all! 'm oing to print it and stic it on the fridge as a reminder to the whole family! Thank you!!  :)

Tracy - posted on 01/23/2009

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I hope this helps some out there deal with the issues that surround ADHD... my son also has a small degree of learning difficulty, he finds it difficult to write. He can do it, but at 10 in grade 5 his printing is comparable to that of a kindergartener... still he's pretty positive. A very energetic and remarkable young man. I hope all children with adhd find the self esteem they need to realize different isn't bad!

Jenn - posted on 11/22/2008

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thank you for sharing that. I will share it with my son who has ADHD ( new) . We have definitley tried to stay positive about everything. He has an LD and has very low self esteem so I think that this will help.

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