Good Stuff About ADHD!

Peter Jaksa, Ph.D.

Having ADHD is not such a bad thing if you know how to take care of it. But what many people don't know is, having ADHD can also be a very GOOD thing! How is that? Well for one thing, many people with ADHD are very creative people. They are good at thinking about new and exciting things, and sometimes come up with new inventions.

Many experts believe that Thomas Edison had ADHD, and he was the greatest inventor of all time. Many famous writers, artists, actors, and musicians also had ADHD, which helped them to be more creative. Some of your favorite musicians, actors, and sports stars probably have ADHD too. The best known athlete with ADHD is Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

Many people with ADHD are very nice, loving people. They have a big heart! Many kids and adults with ADHD have lots of energy and are fun to be with! They like to try new and exciting things. Many people are good at thinking fast, and have a very good sense of humor. In other words, people with ADHD can just be lots of fun to be with!

Some people with ADHD are very popular and make friends easily. It's important not to get too bossy or hyper with other kids though, because that can make them mad at you. Many kids with ADHD are very good at sports and other physical activities. Many adults with ADHD are good at sports too.

Famous People Who We Think Had ADHD
(Based on their history)
Thomas Edison
The most famous inventor in history; had 1093 patents
Benjamin Franklin
Great statesman who helped found our country
Leonardo da Vinci
Incredibly creative artist and inventor
Albert Einstein
Brilliant scientist and mathematician
Alexander the Great
Easily bored and restless; conquered the world
Vincent Van Gogh
Great painter, sometimes impulsive
Ernest Hemingway
Famous novelist & adventurer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Brilliant composer and musician
Babe Ruth
Legendary baseball player

Text material copyright © 1998, Peter Jaksa, Ph.D. Graphics copyright © 1998 West Essex Psychology Center

About The Author

Peter Jaksa, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 30 years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD. Dr. Jaksa is the author of numerous articles and columns about ADHD, including articles published in ADDitude Magazine, Attention Magazine, Organize Magazine, and FOCUS. He has provided interviews to national publications and news organizations including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, U.S. News & World Report, Chicago Tribune, and Men's Health Magazine. He has presented at national conferences to health care professionals, educators, and the general public. Dr. Jaksa is a contributing writer for ADDitude Magazine and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board.