Having a high level of energy (physically, mentally, and emotionally) has historically been considered a sure symptom of ADD/ADHD. But in my forthcoming book, Embracing A.D.D., A Healing Perspective (pub date mid-2015) you’ll see not a symptom, but instead an attribute of ADD with as many positive uses as negative.
We tend to live in a society where too much of something is judged negatively. It is not a good thing.
Occasionally, having too little of something is also not good. But generally, too much is considered more problematic than having too little.
Being considered too much is frowned upon. Thus, too much often leads to punishment or rejection. On the other hand, too little of something may draw help. “Oh, poor dear, you seem tired. Rest a bit and perhaps you’ll have more energy.”
Being considered having too little of something is likely to yield a statement of fact, often accompanied by sympathy rather than a judgment or retribution.
Finding the Right Fit for High Activity Levels
A dispatcher sends a 911 call to the field radio of every volunteer firefighter in the area. “Fire, Fire.”
Directions are given, commands are communicated, and off fly the men and women who have earned their firefighting credentials.
Whew! Fast is too slow a word to describe the next few minutes. Equipment needs to be surveyed and coordinated with the current job. Those driving directly to the fire site must do so safely, but very, very quickly.
Firefighting draws high energy people who don’t much like to sit still. Such men and women can often be identified with ADHD, as they leave a trail of dust behind them on their way to saving lives, property, and even the environment.
To be sure, it’s not helpful if you have a high activity level and are required to sit at a desk for long hours, but that doesn’t mean you are disordered. Your task is to learn what you can do that non-ADD (Linear people) can’t do, learn what you must do to manage what is getting you in trouble, and make adjustments so you can accomplish a task that doesn’t fit you with minimum troublesome discomfort to you or others.
Now’s the Time to Hear Your Story
It now the time to let us hear your story. You or someone with whom you live or work, teach, or share space likely have experiences others can use. You’ll add to what works and what doesn’t and come up with creative solutions that can save you from trouble as well as reward your very special ADD high energy level attribute.
Live from your True Self