In today’s world we are very quick to judge and label someone as “special needs” just because their brains process information differently. Most times immedietly after diagnosis kids are placed on medication and put in special needs classes. What people don’t realize is that this process of immediate medication and alienation of being put in special needs class, fosters an idea of division among them. These conditions of ADD/ ADHD are extremely manageable conditions and even come with many benefits.
One huge benefit to ADD/ADHD is something called “Hyperfixation” Meaning that people with this condition often become hyperfused on one certain aspect. I personally have this aspect. There are topics that I will spend hours upon hours learning and educating myself on. This can be beneficial because in many times this hyperfixation can be turned into a career. My hyperfixation is the criminal justice system as well as criminal psychology. These are topics that I can surround myself with and very rarely get bored with them. But in this instance my hyperfixation can be extremely beneficial to my life, because I wish to make a career out of my interests.
Another benefit is an increase in creativity and spontaneity. Meaning that people with ADD/ADHD can traditionally think outside the box and in turn tend to excel in the arts. For example, many actors have this condition. Such as, Adam Levine, Whoopi Goldberg, and Justin Timberlake. One could argue that because these celebrities have this condition it has greatly benefited their creative fields of work.
In conclusion, society has built up a stigma around a manageable condition and labeled it. ADD/ADHD has been labeled as special needs or less intelligent when in all reality it has many benefits and to manage it takes a little more organization and at times medication.Tags: ADD Judge Memorial Catholic High School mental health