Living with ADHD as an Adult
The Undeniable Power of ADHD The Drive of ADHD Hyperfocus Real ADHD Resilience Generosity & Empathy Ingenious Thinking A Strong Sense of Fairness Willingness to Take a Risk Spontaneity A Great Sense of Humor! Constant Surprises Last of the Romantics Engaging Conversational Skills Compassion Persistence Superstar Creativity Advocacy Contagious Motivation Punctual
Why my slight ADHD trait is my superpower...
As a young Adult, I always suspected I may have had a touch of ADHD once I learned more about the condition, I was a hyper ball of energy as a child, loved video games because of the stimulation from the risk/reward system, it also gave me an unnatural love of music/multimedia arts, since technology is used to portray such today, it's why I became well versed at dealing with it so I could better enjoy my passions. It's why I like doing things like motorcycling and flying... It was both a positive influence and also a disruptive one as I went through School. It made me self-aware that I was not neurotypical, but it has made me who I am. It eventually allowed me to greatly help countless others with complex - highly technical and wide-ranging issues, so I don't view it entirely as a disabling disadvantage. It might be why I love things like coffee/cheap-thrills the way I do, who knows... Makes me a stronger visual learner than a bookworm... However I can cram better than most due to the ability to Hyperfocus when I have to.
One of the cornerstone trademarks of ADHD is low levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine — a chemical released by nerve cells into the brain. Due to this lack of dopamine, people with ADHD are "chemically wired" to constantly seek more, says John Ratey, M.D., professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston. "Eating carbohydrates or doing things that stimulates adrenaline production triggers a rush of dopamine in the brain," he says. "It's the drive for the feeling of satiety."
This may be why Type-II Diabetes runs on my Father's side of the Family. There seems to be a genetic based link at play in my Family Lineage. Type-II Diabetes is passed down on the male genes to offspring from what researchers have been able to determine so far. In my Family, there are signs that this link between ADHD and Type-II Diabetes has both helped and hindered that side of my Family at least going back a few generations. Since we cannot choose the hand of fate we are dealt, you just have to make the best of it and laugh at it all when you can.
You take the good with the bad and try to live to the fullest. There are some exceptionally smart, talented and compassionate people in my gene-pool history, so I'm not complaining. I keep things in perspective that it can always be worse. Once you learn the reasons as to why you may be wired the way you are, you can take steps to amplify the positives and attempt to better risk-manage the negatives. Just hope it doesn't get too much worse as I get older as my income generation capacity really can't handle all the constant new/random hobbies. I'm going to see what I can do to better mitigate my symptoms without diluting the "Ryan" you all have come to know too much.
I'm not a total basket case I promise, just seemingly happy & excited to be a scatterbrain... One day - I may write a book about all the adventures I've encountered while trying to deal with challenges of ADHD Life - Ha!