Olivia Taylor

Neurodiversity - ADHD

What is ADHD?

The NHS Website says that “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural disorder that includes symptoms such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.”

ADHD is a neurodiversity – a different way of thinking and processing the world.

Everyone who has ADHD can experience it differently.

Most people with ADHD are diagnosed between 6-12 years of age and, often, symptoms improve with age.

People with ADHD can struggle if they aren’t given the help they need.

However, having ADHD can also have loads of benefits!

What are the benefits of having ADHD?

An article in Healthline written by Rachel Nall explored the benefits of ADHD which included:

  1. High energy – people with ADHD often do not tire easily and seem to be able to work for long periods of time
  2. Creativity – People with ADHD can see the world differently and, therefore, are able to be creative and come up with solutions others might not think of
  3. Hyperfocus – Some people with ADHD can become hyperfocused on activities they care about, this means they are so engrossed a task that nothing with distract them

How can you study with ADHD?

Some advice from Dr Reiter writing for Accredited Online Schools suggested:

  1. Have all important information in one place (a calendar, e-calendar or planner) to avoid being disorganised
  2. Prioritise wellbeing, especially getting a good night sleep and exercise
  3. Keep a routine
  4. Reach out for support at your school, college or university
  5. Break big tasks into small ones
  6. Keep learning interesting – don’t just read if it bores you! Make flashcards, videos, talk out loud, whatever works for you and keeps you interested
  7. Keep SMART goals so you know where you are going

People with ADHD can be just as successful as anyone else, with the right techniques. In fact, their neurodiversity can lead them to being creative, energetic and empathic team-players who bring a lot to the table, with whatever they do!

References

Nall, R. 2020. The Upside Of ADHD: Leadership, Athleticism, Creativity, Hyperfocus. Healthline. Available at: <https://www.healthline.com/health/adhd/benefits-of-adhd#1> [Accessed 6 August 2020].

Reiter, A., 2020. Studying With ADHD. [online] AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. Available at: <https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/studying-with-adhd/> [Accessed 6 August 2020].