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Attention Differences, also known as ADHD/DAVE

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity condition (ADHD) is notable by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that may interfere with functioning or development but can also present with a number of positive abilities.

Strengths can include the ability to

  • dream big

  • take calculated risks

  • tread where other fear to go 

  • think creatively and innovate

  • recognise creative patterns in chaos

  • approach life with enthusiasm

  • muster high energy for interesting endeavours

Key challenges can include

  • trouble staying engaged and paying attention when bored or disinterested, leading to careless errors, distraction, and forgetfulness

  • acting impulsively without thinking, resulting in questionable choices, uncontrolled behavior, and risk-taking

  • high activity levels causing restlessness, fidgeting, and difficulty sitting still when required

  • lack of organization and problems managing time displayed through missed deadlines, unfinished work, and disorderly surroundings

  • putting off responsibilities and commitments to the last minute

  • difficulty retaining and utilizing information making following instructions and problem solving challenging

  • intense and fluctuating emotions that are hard to regulate

  • interpersonal problems stemming from interruption, forgetting plans, and misconstruing meaning

  • underachievement in school or career due to challenges staying focused and managing time

  • diminished self-worth resulting from repeated setbacks or failures

  • co-occurring diagnoses like mood or anxiety disorders that require coordination

  • side effects from medications that need active monitoring

  • Rejection sensitive dysphoria (severe emotional pain because of a failure or feeling rejected)

Effective measures can include self-understanding and lifestyle changes, effective support systems, engaging in meaningful activities. Sometimes, therapy and medication can make a marked difference.

Lived experiences

We have gathered some examples of neurodivergent people's experiences and needs and how we can help support them.

 

Click on the box and then on each tab in turn. 

Please note: strengths and weaknesses are not gender specific.

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 I was diagnosed with ADHD

My name is Raphael. I was diagnosed in my teens. I have both inattention and hyperactivity. I'm also very impulsive.

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 I was diagnosed with ADHD

My name is Emma. My attention issues were known to my family since I was small but I wasn't assessed because I didn't cause havoc in school.
My boss recognised the symptoms and arranged for me to see a specialist when I was 25. 

 

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