Having ADHD Is Like Being Superman (or Superwoman)

Too often we focus on our ADHD traits as negative. Sure they may cause problems sometimes, but they can also be great strengths; in fact, they’re pretty much superhuman strengths.  “Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap a tall building in a single bound”–only someone with ADHD has that kind of energy. Have you ever stopped to consider just how closely ADHD characteristics resemble Superman’s traits? No. I didn’t think so.

Let me count the ways:

1.    Superhuman Strength and Stamina.

Hyperactivity anyone?  High energy actually is a positive trait. A person with ADHD can get so much done, if they can focus on the task at hand (see hyperfocus), and use their powers for good.  I know I can work circles around neuro-typical folks.

2.    Superhuman Speed.

Did someone say impulsivity?  We tend to be quick thinkers and take swift action.  And again, we have energy to spare.

3.    Vision Powers. Superman has x-ray vision and can burn a hole through things with his eyes.  Sure, we can microfocus and macrofocus, but what is more powerful than hyperfocus?  When hyperfocus kicks in, nothing, and I mean nothing, can break our concentration.

4.    Super Senses.

In addition to his vision powers, Superman has highly-enhanced senses of hearing, touch, and smell.  Many people with ADHD are hypersensitive in these areas, as well.  We notice things that other people do not.

5. Kryptonite Vulnerability.

Superman loses his powers when he’s exposed to Kryptonite.  People with ADHD shut down when they’re exposed to boring or tedious things.  Focus on your interests for optimal performance.  When that’s not possible, bring in tools to help you function until the “kryptonite” wears off.

As Clark Kent, Superman spent much of his time trying to hide his super powers and fit in with the “regular” people.  It’s not all that different for people with ADHD trying to fit in and manage every-day life.  At times, it is necessary to manage your ADHD traits, but don’t forget to cultivate your strengths and let them shine, as well.  That’s what superman does when he proudly bears the “S” on his chest, reaches towards the sky, and takes flight.

4 Response to “Having ADHD Is Like Being Superman (or Superwoman) ”

December 2, 2010
9:56 am

Comment :

Yes, I absolutely agree. I am so sick of people trying to tell me I have a disease… I have a gift from God.

Tiffany deSilva
December 2, 2010
11:54 am

Comment :

Hi, Ryan. It sounds like you have the right mindset.

Mitch Lieber
February 25, 2011
11:46 pm

Comment :

I really liked this article. It is an accurate measurement of how people with ADHD and ADD think at times. The government is wrong for labeling us as disabled and medicating us on all these synthetic pharmaceutical drugs. From other articles I’ve read about the genetic research of ADHD, its a genetic advantage. It is a good thing to see people who can really appreciate ADHD as something that can be advantageous.

Tiffany deSilva
May 9, 2011
6:35 pm

Comment :

Thank you for your comments, Mitch. I hope more people realize that having ADHD doesn’t mean you can’t be great.

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