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ADHD Characteristics: What Are the Best, Most Positive Traits of ADHD?

Share your favorite traits and characteristics of ADHD. Let’s celebrate the positives here!


I’ll start. I love my son’s sense of humor and his curiosity and excitement about life. I love that my husband does cooking and laundry as he likes to be busy. I love that my girlfriend is always there for me when others have gone by the wayside. As a non Adhd person I love that all three are a ying to my yang and balance out my intensity with their sweet natures.

Posted by E's Mom  on Jun 23, 2011 at 8:55am

My 12 year old ADHD son accepts everyone for who they are. He would be friends with anyone…he doesn’t care if they are popular or not.

He also notices everything…sounds in the background that no one else hears over the radio, or a $5 bill on the school hall floor that everyone else walks right past.

He has an incredible memory for certain things. If the topic interests him he is a fountain of knowledge. He has always been curious to see how things work. He works well with his hands and excels in technology classes.

Posted by Elphie1 on Jun 23, 2011 at 7:16pm

Thank You for starting this, I hope to see the numbers of this group rise and excentuate the greatness all of us ADDers. I love my children’s creativity, sense of humor, determination (hyperfocus) and just the overall different outlook at life.

Posted by rere74 on Jul 02, 2011 at 2:26am

I am not a child but an older adult.  There are many positives of being an ADDer.  Even before I knew what ADD was, I used the creativity, problem solving (thinking out of the box) brain storming in my career. 

When I see something that isn’t working right, the first thing I do is think what can I do to make this work better & I can usually figure out a solution.  I think probably most inventors have ADD.  Also we are risk takers which makes us good entrepreneurs because it takes boldness to step out & take the risk to start a new business.

We are tenacious, & persevere….we don’t give up easily.
I have had people describe me as a bulldog and I am a woman.

I recently heard that the CEO’s of two major airlines said that they would not give up their ADD even if they were given the opportunity.

Those are just a few of the positives of ADD. 

We need to focus on our good traits & stop focusing on the negatives.

Keep up the good work!

Posted by inahurry on Jul 05, 2011 at 7:40am

I have found that I have a great memory when it comes to numbers like my friends and families phone numbers, newly assigned ID number, random numbers. I am horrible at math but I can remember the answer to the question out of memory not work.

Certain events that happen I can remember like they were yesterday.

I love music and I seem to absorb it like it’s going out of style. I can tell you lyrics to a song that I just listened to or I love to learn how to play them. I have skated through different instruments like the saxophone, keyboard, violin, and guitar.  I found that my high interest in music has helped keep me focused on subjects. It helps clear up my never ending thoughts.

I love working with my hands to build things and create something new. My friends and family think its great that I love to build and work with my hands so they recruit me for different projects.

Thank you for starting this, It really helps to look at the light, instead of the dark. I found that you can see more that way.  : )

Posted by blamason on Jul 12, 2011 at 11:34pm

I was diagnosed when I was 32 & finally my life made sense. I am in many ways happy that I’m ADD, my daughter(who turns 14 on Mon. hates it) The thing is the more you educate yourself on ADHD the easier it is to get on & along with your life, we have incredible imaginations are more creative than average, & to me it seems we are very sympathetic, empathetic & understanding & compassionate people who are largely misunderstood and rarely given the same regard back as we tend to give.  Most people w/adhd are above average to highly intelligent, & it often goes unnoticed because we naturally are unorganized, we daydream & have a tendancy to drift off & go off on tangents in conversation often forgetting what point we were originally trying to make & others see us as being spacey & unmotivated. Oh we are moptivated when it comes to getting a project started, we just need help from others to continue the project to completion once we get everything going smoothly. Most of the famous names we study in history had ADD or some type of mental disorder, don’t let anyone tell you you arent smart enough or are too lazy, just jump in & get busy…..

Posted by Carroll on Jul 24, 2011 at 9:16pm

I love this thread! When it gets really long, we should all show it to our kids who have ADHD!!  We need more positivity out there!

My favorite thing about the countless adult ADD clients with whom I’ve worked is how much incredibly unique and different each one is.  Every single one of them has some sort of a “spark” to their personality that is very different and special.  Obviously, all people are unique, but we are even moreso!  We are often fun and quick-witted with a special sense of humor.  Some of us are incredibly sensitive and empathetic about certain things, and sort of like a “brick” in other ways (oblivious and unaware). 

One of my favorite ADHD characteristics is our honest and openness. We’re usually very down to earth and don’t have a lot of time/energy for BS.  I always joke around that if you want to know whether your jeans really make you look fat, ask an ADDer!  *LOL*  We’re usually very “What you see is what you get.” 

Out of the box thinking and incredible passion and compassion are also up there.  We are intuitive and empathetic like others can’t be, and when we are stimulated and passionate about something, non-ADDers can’t touch our energy, focus and drive!

Yay us!

Lynne Edris, ACG
Life & ADD Coach

Posted by ADD_Coach_Lynne on Jul 24, 2011 at 10:20pm

I Love my daughters smile (through any everything she is smiling), her personality, she loves people, she is fast in everything, I love to watch her play basketball, dance she’s a VERY good dancer, just watching her be happy. And her last name is Love:)

Posted by Sheila101 on Aug 05, 2011 at 10:16pm

I love my sons way of life, he is so nice to everyone. He will talk to you about anything.his world has no bad guys and no hurtful words. and he is so good at math better then me lol.i love my 9 year old and would not change him.

Posted by haqrte12 on Aug 19, 2011 at 5:11pm

Wow, I am glad to hear positive things about ADHD . I’m 50 and recently diagnosed 4 weeks ago. I’m seeing a lot of responses similar to my own.

Posted by trb50 on Sep 08, 2011 at 10:05pm

Hi there all, it is one of my favorate times of day when i get to sit and chat to u all about how attention difference disorder rocks our world and how postive we can be.
Just yesterday i heard of someone in tears about been dignosed with a.d.d. and it was like haveing a death sentece and yet today i read all of the postives there are and i am reminded of the wonderful different ways we are all made.
i love been different it makes me see things that my family don’t see and i also love the creative side of it aswell.
thank u all so much i loved reading all of the above

Posted by uniquely me on Sep 20, 2011 at 12:51pm

I am constantly in awe of my 14 y/o daughter’s ADD brain!  She is so clever and quick.  She “gets” things when I’m still trying to figure out what was said.  She has a huge and forgiving heart.  She is the most loyal person I’ve ever known.  She is oh so very funny - I write down some of the things she says so I can read them later and laugh all over again.  Ever since she was very little, she has had huge goals like building a working time machine or traveling to Mars.  If there’s anyone who could accomplish those things, it’s my kid.  Even though it makes life hard for her, I’ve always told her that her ADD is a blessing!

Posted by Kate'sMom on Oct 23, 2011 at 4:32am

You know what that’s the most amazing thing…the child who is constantly in a trouble spot for not listening can have a tremendous insight. That is my son. He gets things better than I do and I do wonder about that often.

Posted by Mama5 on Nov 01, 2011 at 10:08pm

Thank you for posting this! I would respond but I tend to ramble so I’ll just say this. To quote my newly found “motivator” David Giwerc: “For every Negative aspect of ADHD there is a mirror Positive Strength”!

Love it!

Posted by H2butler on Mar 30, 2012 at 6:38pm

The best things about my ADD all center around a child-like curiosity and wonder about the world. I rarely take anyone’s word about limits or rules of society, and continue to dream, create, and generally enjoy the simple experiences of life. I also tend to see the positive in everyone; I’m curious about people, unlikely to judge or condemn, and open to new ideas and thoughts.
This makes me approachable, and I find it easy to make myself at home in new environments, even if it is initially disorienting, through connecting with the people around me.

Posted by abrisco on Apr 01, 2012 at 11:23pm

Oh what a wonderful thread!
So glad I found this today.
I got divorced this year from a man who treated me as though I was unintelligent and was frustrated at my poor memory. Neither of us understood that I was ADHD.
I’ve started dating a wonderful, kind, intelligent, hard working, creative, super funny yet humble man. The stories from his youth and adult years are classic examples of an AD/HDer’s life! We both appreciate each other’s child-like curiosity and playful love of the simple (and inexpensive) things in life. We have such interesting conversations. We are not prone to criticize others.(Who wants to hear a lot of bitterness about someones ex!? Not me! Forgive and forget please.) We are both ‘straight-talkers’ but with caution, after learning over the years not to put- your-foot-in-your-mouth! We understand each other’s sense of humor and can make a sentence with just key words, facial expressions and gestures.
We are both still cautious though. It is hard to unlearn a life-time of feeling that you are unacceptable somehow. But here’s to a new day!
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this conversation.

Posted by CaroUK on Oct 09, 2012 at 8:31pm

I am glad to finally have found a positive post or forum about ADHD. Most of what I have read dwell on complaints and hardships in having ADHD or having a child with ADHD. On a lighter note, there successful people who have been diagnosed with ADHD and yet excel in their chosen careers. In many scientific research, ADHD can actually be remedied through music therapy which helps in conditioning brain wave patterns. Through this, the person is able to focus more and pursue their interest like in music, art, and other fields. So, it is not at all a disadvantage if a person has been diagnosed with ADHD. Sometimes, all it takes are the right therapy which can be applied at home and in school.

Posted by tinalmanza on Oct 28, 2012 at 7:22pm

What you see is what you get. If I have an idea ill share it with my friends, no matter how idiotic it is! At least I can make them laugh!! I’m proud I can cheer people up and get them laughing at my stupid inventions, ideas and theory’s. i get allong with anyone an im very forgiving (maybe to much) One of my closest friends said that I like all the 7 dwarfs rolled into one. I guess it’s true as long as you can take my grumpy side (normally just a morning thing)

I’m glad I found this actually makes me feel better about my ADHD. As my family don’t believe it’s a medical condition they don’t understand how to help me. Reading this makes me think more about what it’s given me, instead of keeping my negative attitude about it.

Posted by LifeSushi on Nov 13, 2012 at 4:32am

I love my sons since of humor! His smile is remarkable. I love the depth of his eyes and his outlook on life. My son is the light of the room, and will have everyone in deep seated laughter. Even in his moments of “acting up” he will always break the ice by saying something hilarious and completely change the route of the conversation. He has the wit of a old man, and I love it. In the morning, he wakes me up by saying “Wake up my princess,” and I say “hey, I’m your queen!” He is one of my best friends, and I wouldn’t change any part of him for the world.

Posted by marah56 on Nov 14, 2012 at 2:00am

I feel special being ADD. I know theres alot of frustraton about this disese but alot of good things also. i have my love of music, the fact i know aa the songs ans lyrics.  I love To draw. I love to read I speed read thats the ADD. I love to explore new places i am in awe of life. I have something to give the world too.

Posted by sharonhilde on Jan 24, 2013 at 6:57am

Great Topic!!  I’m a 47yo Dad with inattentive ADD and a 12yo Son with the same diagnosis.

Between the two of us, there is certainly no shortage of hobbies or life interests!  My Son amazes me daily with random (but incredible) thoughts and insights.  He has never-ending enthusiasm for learning new things, but also working hard (mostly on what he enjoys!). 

I think creative problem solving is the trait we both share.  We excel at quickly analyzing a problem and creating a solution.  We both love the outdoors and find an amazing amount of serenity and joy from experiencing what nature has to offer. 

It’s amazing to me how loud he can be, but then when fishing is the most focused, patient and serene soul i have ever known.  It’s truly inspiring to witness him in action!

New Ideas!  you got em!  at least 5 per day from both of us.  Inventions, improvements… you got em!  Putting them into action - not so much!  But we got em!

We truly seem to suck about all you can out of a day much to the chagrin and frustration of others around us, but that’s a post for another group - this is the positive side which I LOVE.
Thanks for sharing all and again, GREAT TOPIC!

Posted by OSUBeavers1988 on May 03, 2013 at 2:55am

I think an upside to having ADHD is that I am quick to forgive because I usually forget what the argument/problem was to begin with!

Posted by Maryquitecontrary on Jun 22, 2013 at 10:24am

Me, too! I’ve said for years that my hubby gets off easy sometimes cause I forget to be angry! LOL. (It takes too much mental energy to hold onto that stuff!)

Posted by ADD_Coach_Lynne on Jun 22, 2013 at 5:09pm

ADHD is a gift not a disorder. Have you ever found that you are bored while the teacher is teaching and are thinking, ’ why do i have to listen to this “? it’s because the attention deficit part of ADHD comes from, but what most people don’t realize is your bored because after he/she gets about half way through the teaching lecture you already understand it. ADHD can give us extraordinary gifts like extreme intuition or the ability to work or play as if we have the maximum amount of energy until we have no more and we drop, but we don’t ever realize it and neither does society. We need to accept and realize our gift, or society never will.

Posted by JDW101 on Aug 11, 2013 at 11:05pm

I know my son likes the part where I tell him he’s on restriction or something and then I forget about it.  Half the time he reminds me he is not allowed to do something! 

Hard to hold a grudge when you can’t remember to.

Posted by Momtotherescue on Aug 12, 2013 at 9:42am

there are many things , I dont know if they are because of adhd but i have realized they are not like others after getting diagnosed with adhd
1)i have a good imagination , i mean when i was young during history classes when i used to read my text books it was like watching a movie ( history text books are supposed to be really boring as they are written like for just education ) even when i am reading a newspaper or an article i can see things like i am watching news on tv and its more intresting to read than to watch on tv because i can change things in the surrounding .
2) Well i think this is also somewhat related to imagination but i can solve some sums in my mind as if i can imagine i am solving sums and then i can get answers and its good because i can do calculus like that i mean i have done calculus sums like integration or derivation or Laplace transformation (i have done Laplace transformation sums in my mind which involves both derivation and integration) which most of my class mates cant do and mostly i am the fastest one doing maths in class ( but that doesnt necessary mean i get good marks because in exams i do maths in one or two steps and teachers dont give me marks because i am supposed to write the entire solution)
3) Sometimes i can think differently or look at things differently i don’t know how its possible but it just happens .
4) i am curious about each and every thing around me even the religion (I am a Hindu and in Hinduism there are these ancient scripts in Sanskrit and verses in Sanskrit and sometimes i can be a pain in the ass for the priests because i keep interrupting them during prayers asking why i am saying this prayer or what it actually means ) i have loads on information but due to adhd i am bad at presenting them but i have that information because adhd helps me keep thinking about it if i feel its interesting .
5) I am a student studying engineering and i can study like 6 subjects in a day if i am really enjoying those subjects which most of my friends cant do but due to adhd and weak temporary memory when i am doing second thing it doesn’t really matter that i did one subject before that as its like starting a new thing and that’s the first thing of the day ( lol whatever i am writing must be really confusing )
6) I can hyper-focus on things which i enjoy doing and its great because the productivity is much more than a person without adhd.
There are many more things but now i am bored of typing…. ( see again i can be really straight forward with my thoughts its due to adhd right !!!!!)

Posted by abhishek on Aug 31, 2013 at 3:18pm

Mom said my first word was WHY. lolol
I don’t know if that is true but it has never changed in my whole life. I am an insatiable learner. That does not mean I remember everything, in fact I can’t recall most of it when I want to. But that makes things more fun I can learn them again! Oh right, I have a good sense of humor. I do have a healthy IQ but my EQ sucks. I am an artist and crafter. I have all the supplies and equipment to do pottery and Raku, stained glass, watercolor painting, boxes of material for sewing, quilting & purse making, card making, soldering torchs, wire and beads for jewelry, pastels & graphite pencils for drawing, wood working tools and of course wood, glass for mosaics & jewelry. Pots to decorate with leather, beads and feathers.
Then there is all my garden stuff and my religious studies stuff.
People ask me why I don’t just pick one and get really good at it. I can’t even comprehend how someone can do just one thing without wanting to dig a hole, jumping in & dying in it.
Oh I forgot I love animals. I have lots of them.

Posted by missmix48 on Sep 22, 2013 at 7:07am

Wow I’ve read yall’s comments and I relate to everything my husband and my 11 yr have ADHD and I research on this topic I was clueless I’m educating myself I want to have a stress free household and yall are rite ADHD ppl have beautiful qualities I m amazed every day with my daughter she’s a,climer,babysitter, you name she’ll try it and my husband well if it needs to be fix he will fix it till its perfect I also have a 9 yr old that I educate her to have patience too…

Posted by BLANCAELENA on Oct 18, 2013 at 8:11pm

Having a sense of humor can make ADHD less stressful. I have such a bent sense of humor….Monty Python is a sure-fire way to crack me up laughing, I’m very visual, and also very creative. I love tracking weather., especially severe weather, and I hope to take a storm chasing tour with Tempest Tours, then Cloud 9 tours, and then Silver Lining tours. All three are highly recommended companies for storm chase tours. I also like photography of severe storms….

Posted by Lilapsophile on Dec 16, 2013 at 6:05pm

i also like visual games, where i can create my own world, like The Sims 3 or Hay Day ( a game on my iPad, its a farming game). but Sense of humor is the best thing. random stuff can really amuse the heck out of me.

Posted by Lilapsophile on Mar 05, 2014 at 9:42pm

I love my son’s smile, sense of humor and curiosity.  He is also very creative.

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