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Celebrating ADHD Awareness Month: Embracing ADHD as a Brain Difference

Updated: Dec 3, 2023

October is ADHD Awareness Month! This month is dedicated to raising awareness about the misconceptions and myths surrounding ADHD and celebrating the unique strengths that individuals with ADHD possess. One of the first lessons I learned during my coach training was, "What you pay attention to, GROWS!" When you have a child with ADHD, it's easy to focus on the complexities and real challenges of the condition. The longer we dwell on the "deficits," the harder it becomes to see the strengths.



ADHD: A Brain Difference, Not a Deficit

ADHD is often described as a brain deficit, but what if we viewed it as a unique brain difference instead? This change in perspective can open doors to understanding and appreciating the incredible strengths that come with ADHD.


Embracing the Positive Sides of ADHD

  1. Creativity and Innovation: Many individuals with ADHD possess a remarkable ability to think outside the box and generate innovative ideas. Their creative minds can lead to groundbreaking solutions and artistic brilliance.

  2. Energy and Enthusiasm: ADHD often brings boundless energy and enthusiasm. People with ADHD can be highly passionate and dedicated to their interests, driving them to pursue their dreams with vigor.

  3. Spontaneity and Adventure: Impulsivity, often seen as a challenge, can also manifest as spontaneity and a sense of adventure. Those with ADHD often approach life daringly, embracing new experiences wholeheartedly.

  4. Hyperfocus and Intense Concentration: When deeply engrossed in a task they're passionate about, individuals with ADHD can achieve a level of concentration that is nothing short of impressive. This hyperfocus can lead to remarkable productivity and accomplishments.

  5. Resilience and Adaptability: ADHD individuals learn to adapt and find creative strategies to overcome challenges. They often develop resilience, which can serve them well in the face of adversity.

Shifting the Narrative

By shifting our narrative from "deficit" to "brain difference," we can empower ourselves and our loved ones with ADHD. Instead of focusing on what is perceived as lacking, let's celebrate the unique strengths and abilities that come with this difference.


As we embrace the unique strengths of ADHD, we're excited to share a handpicked selection of books that offer valuable insights, guidance, and a touch of inspiration. Here are a few of our top book recommendations to enrich your understanding and support you on your ADHD journey.


Parenting Books:


Books for Adults:


Books for Kids:


This ADHD Awareness Month, we invite you to join us in recognizing the incredible potential within every individual with ADHD. The more we educate ourselves and others about ADHD, the more we can look for and recognize the positive sides of ADHD.

Thank you for being part of our community. Our differences make us extraordinary, and together, we can foster a more inclusive and understanding world for everyone.


Warmly,

Coco


P.S. Did you know that Parent Training is the top-recommended treatment for children with ADHD? It's true! Research indicates that significant improvements can be seen when parents learn ADHD-friendly strategies and adapt their approach with their children. Join us in The Calm & Confident Club or The Best Mom Ever Coaching Group to discover proven methods for improving your relationship with your child.



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