Quick Facts

Here are some quick facts about ADHD … don’t be discouraged, there are only 12 negatives and 64 positives!

1. A classroom with 30 students will have between 1 and 3 children with ADHD.
2. Boys are diagnosed with ADHD 3 times more often than girls.
3. Emotional development in children with ADHD is 30% slower than in their non-ADHD peers. This means that a child that is 10 years old will have the emotional development of a 7 year old, a 20 year old will have the emotional maturity of a 14 year old.
4. One fourth of children with ADHD have serious learning disabilities such as: oral expression, listening skills, reading comprehension and/or math.
5. 65% of children with ADHD exhibit problems in defiance or problems with authority figures. This can include verbal hostility and temper tantrums.
6. 75% of boys diagnosed with ADHD have hyperactivity.
7. 60% of girls diagnosed with ADHD have hyperactivity.
8. 50% of children with ADHD experience sleep problems.
9. Teenagers with ADHD have almost four times as many traffic citations as non-ADHD drivers. They have four times as many car accidents and are seven times more likely to have a second accident.
10. 21% of teens with ADHD skip school on a regular basis, and 35% drop out of school before finishing high school.
11. 45% of children with ADHD have been suspended from school at least once.
12. 30% of children with ADHD have had to repeat a year in school.

Now, don’t be discouraged, here are 64 POSITIVE traits for those diagnosed with ADHD. We have to remember that for every negative, there are two or three positives and, with a name that’s 50-66% “deficit disorder,” it’s easy to focus on all the negatives and problems that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or attention deficit disorder, causes. But there’s a whole lot it brings to a person and every one needs to stop and take a moment to realize that there is a reason that it is ADHD and not MINUS.
Here are just a few traits that are more prevalent in people with ADHD. Not everyone who has ADHD has all these traits, and sure people who aren’t ADHD have these traits too. This list is far from complete, but at least it’s a good start:

1. Forgives mistakes easily
2. Sensitive
3. Compassionate
4. Empathetic with the feelings of others
5. Feels things deeply
6. Doesn’t harbor resentment
7. Charming personality
8. Warmhearted
9. Good judge of character
10. Charismatic
11. Outgoing
12. Personable
13. Perceptually acute
14. Intuitive (when you miss out on stuff because you’re distracted, you learn to figure things out)
15. Observant (it seems like inattention, but it often is over attention)
16. Sees unique relationships between people and things
17. Looks past surface appearance to the core of people, situations, and issues
18. Visionaries
19. Dreamers
20. Visual
21. Fast thinking
22. Quick to grasp essentials
23. Insightful
24. Intuitive
25. Inquisitive
26. Imaginative
27. Innovative
28. Creative in nature (including: in problem solving)
29. Inventive
30. Flexible
31. Resourceful
32. Hardworking
33. Original
34. Mechanically inclined
35. Takes risks (sometimes this can be good)
36. Often sees things from a unique perspective
37. Great at finding things that are lost (of course, we get lots of practice looking for things)
38. Multi-talented
39. Humorous with a great sense of humor
40. Spontaneous
41. Fun
42. Fun-loving
43. Energetic
44. Enthusiastic
45. Athletic (we like to move around)
46. Less likely to get in a rut or go stale
47. Adaptable
48. More likely to do things because they want to than because they should
49. Wholehearted when making an effort
50. Optimistic
51. Open-minded
52. Trusting
53. Not secretive
54. Down to earth
55. Eager for acceptance and willing to work for it
56. Responsive to positive reinforcement
57. Quick if they like what they are doing
58. Intense when interested in something or someone
59. Difficult to fool
60. Loyal
61. Humble (it’s not hard when people are always telling you what’s wrong with you)
62. Resilient
63. Passionate
64. Tenacious

I encourage everyone who has ADHD, or knows of someone who has ADHD, to print this list to keep it handy for those times you forget what a blessing having ADHD can be.