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Describing ADHD

Posted by Coach Kim Collins on June 23, 2010

I was recently given an interesting assignment in an ADD coach training that I’m in. I was asked to write 2 sentences: one describing how I would explain ADHD to an everyday person and another describing how I would explain it to an employer.

I posed these two questions to a small group that I run and here are the sentences I crafted from their response.

  1. As  a person with ADHD I can focus intently on things that are engaging, but at the same time, am easily distracted when doing routine tasks; consistency in any endeavor is extremely challenging.
  2. I can be an extremely creative, flexible, and energetic employee when my job responsibilities are clearly defined, when I am given deadlines, feedback, and can maintain frequent communication with my boss.

How would you describe ADHD (in positive terms) to someone in one sentence? Please send me your response by commenting on this post.

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One Response to “Describing ADHD”

  1. That’s a very interesting assignment, and it’s one that I have some difficulty on. I mean, how can someone summarize ADHD in one sentence? Isn’t it the same as someone describing to me what it’s like to NOT have ADHD?

    But even though I think ADHD defies comprehension, I think your sentences are accurate, and I can’t see any way to change them (without writing something long and drawn out, that is).

    -Ryan

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