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Busting ADHD Myth #8 – You do not have ADHD if you can pay attention!

MYTH #8:  If you can pay attention, you do not have ADHD.

FACT:  People with ADHD can super-focus at times and pay better attention than anyone.  When what they are doing interests them they often go into a state of hyper-focus, such that they lose track of the passage of time or their biological needs and drives.  A child with ADHD may sit for hours meticulously putting together a model airplane. An adult may work with amazing concentration when faced with a deadline. Or an adult with ADHD may become obsessed with a project and complete it in a tenth of the time one would have predicted. This ability to hyperfocus heats up the furnace in the brain, so to speak, and melts down rigid elements so they may easily flow and commingle, allowing for new products to be formed once they hit the cool light of day.  It is when they are not interested that their minds wander.  But their minds do not go empty, which is why attention deficit is such a misnomer.  In ADHD attention wanders, but it never disappears.  Adapted from Driven to Distraction.

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