How Do I Find Out If I Have ADHD?

By Rick Green

The question we get asked the most?

That’s simple: ‘How do I find out if I have ADHD?’ (If you’re asking this question right now, do yourself a favor and bookmark this blog page so that you can refer back to it again, and again!)

Maybe you suspect, or have assumed, that you are slow, weird, weak-willed, lazy, or any number of things along those lines. Maybe parents, siblings, teachers or others have suggested something like this. With the pace of life these days, I suppose everyone wonders if they have ADHD.

Here’s the deal…

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Now and then someone will tell me that Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a gift. A big, fat, wonderful, exciting gift.

Rather than a problem, disorder, constant challenge, or, on bad days, a curse.

Why such opposing views?

One reason is that ADHD is very ‘individual.’ Each of us has our own combination of challenges, and to varying degrees. Plus, we have a unique life situation. My ADHD is awesome when I’m doing comedy on stage. It is a big problem when I’m forced to sit quietly, and pay attention during a long meeting.

Add to all of this the fact that there are two main types of ADHD. Some folks…

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A belief is not the truth. But these had become my ‘truths.’ And what we believe limits us more than anything else.

A thousand psychological studies prove the power of limiting beliefs. Or of positive beliefs. No matter how stupid that belief may be.

If you tell students the test is easy, they will do better. If you tell them it’s hard, they will do worse. If you tell the teacher…