5 ADHD Superpowers

Hey Y’all, I’m here today to tell you all about your ADHD superpowers. Yep, you my friend, are a bonafide superwoman. We’ve all dealt with the adverse effects of ADHD far too often and for far too long. The thing is, it’s not just something you have to cope with. Instead, it can become a comfortable part of who you are.

In truth, there are many parts of my Atypical brain that I wouldn’t give up for anything in the world. They’re what makes me, well – ME! They’re my Superwoman Superpowers, and I’ve vowed to only use them for good!… Guess what?… You have them too. So, use them responsibly because…

“With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”

-Yes, I’m quoting Spiderman

1. Crisis Control (The cool as a cucumber superpower)

             The first of the ADHD superpowers is magical indeed. There’s something amazing about the ADHD brain when a crisis arrives. Our minds have the ability to function normally (some even say better) when things are new and exciting. Which can give us a boost in certain situations.

I had a terrifying moment on the playground once:

A student fell from the monkey bars and hit his head. With a face covered in blood and him and all his buddies wailing, I became instantly focused. I was able to assess his injuries in moments and enact a calm, rational plan amongst the chaos. I bet you’re thinking of a time everyone around you went crazy, and you were the only one with a clear head. I told you, you have powers too. 

2. Last Minute is the Best Minute

         I swear I don’t condone procrastination. Yet, should you find yourself falling victim to the procrastination bug, this ADHD superpower could save your life, or at least your job. I have found that I do my best work last minute.

Yes, I realize lots of people say this, and it turns out to be untrue. That’s because we’re not like everyone else… Neurotypicals are rarely more productive under pressure. Us, on the other hand, we gain clarity and focus.

Then knock out a 10-page research paper the night before it’s due and get an A (I’ve actually done this multiple times). Like in a crisis, something just clicks in our brain that allows us to do whatever we need to do and do it well in a very short amount of time.

3. Daydreaming (The fantasy superpower)

         This is the second most often used of all the ADHD superpowers. Though I must say again, I am not promoting procrastination, or daydreaming when you should be working on something important.

When I say daydreaming, I don’t mean imagining yourself on a beach while in a classroom or a meeting. I mean…

Dreaming of life goals, using your imagination to create art or write a novel, and thinking outside the box to solve problems

Having ADHD means you pay attention to a lot of things all at the same time. It’s what makes it so darn hard to focus, but it can also be fantastic. I dreamt up this blog while sitting in a waiting room one day. I’ve daydreamed an entire world that I’m currently putting into a novel.

Taking time to daydream when it’s appropriate can expand your thinking and give you a chance to let your inner creative take the reins for a bit. Who knows what amazing things you can dream up with this superpower…

4. Multi-tasking

         Oh yes, the thing everyone puts on their resume but can’t actually do. In my opinion, there are different definitions of multi-tasking:

  • Some say it is doing more than one thing at the same moment.
    • No one can really pay complete attention to more than one thing at the same moment, not even us.
  • Others define it as working on multiple tasks in the same block of time.
    • This we can do. We have the ability to quickly switch between tasks without missing a beat.

I actually recommend it to help break up the monotony of longer tasks. I like to have multiple projects running at once. That way, when one gets boring, or I hit a block, or my mind wanders, I can switch to something that reengages me.

Right now, I’m working on three posts at once. If one gets boring or I can’t figure out what to write next, I can switch to another post and write there. This way I’m staying productive even when my brain starts screaming, let’s do something else.

5. Hyperfocus (The best superpower)

         The backbone behind many of the other ADHD superpowers above, Hyperfocus, is our ultimate superpower.

Hyperfocus is achieving such a heightened state of focus that you no longer notice anything else around you. The only things in the world are you and your task.

It takes a long time to learn to control your Hyperfocus, but once you do, everything in life gets so much better. At least it did for me. I graduated from college with three kids in the house, purely by harnessing the power of Hyperfocus. There was enough noise in my house to wake the dead, but I didn’t lose focus on what I was doing unless someone physically touched me… In fact, I trained my family to do this in case of an emergency 😜.

Bonus: Kryptonite 

         Remember that your ADHD Superwoman Powers are a big responsibility. So, if misused, they can cause real harm to your life. At one point, I thought my older girls might burn the house down (or some other catastrophic event) and not tap my shoulder to release my Hyperfocus. I had to learn safe times to let myself slip into Hyperfocus, like when there’s another adult in the house. Oh, and try not to make the subject of your Hyperfocus be purchasing things on Amazon you don’t really need. Trust me, that’s a whole other can of worms you don’t want me to open 😉.

         Well, there you have it. All the things that make you a Superwoman and how to use them wisely. I hope that after reading this, you feel a little bit better about yourself. I mean, come on girl, you’ve got SUPERPOWERS! Go out there and use them to conquer the world!… Well, maybe just use them to conquer your life and kids first. No matter what you choose to do, just remember you got this!

Until next time…

💖 Kami

14 thoughts on “5 ADHD Superpowers”

  1. OMG! I just turned 60 and am just now putting together the pieces of ADHD throughout my life. All the evidence is pointing toward me being diagnosed! YIKES! It’s a little overwhelming! No, it’s a LOT overwhelming. Nice to read something highlighting ‘the good stuff’. And, thanks to covid 19, me wearing a mask right now is not weird! So, I’ll be donning my spidey mask and tucking my cape in when I head outside! 🕸😷

  2. Hi. I’m a dad with ADHD. I probably have been dealing with it since I was a kid and never got medication or diagnosed. This answers a lot of my questions!!! It feels good to know that someone else’s mind functions like mine. My brain is like someone constantly turning the tuning knobs on a car radio!!! Can’t seem to lock in to one station, but when I do I’m stuck and can’t get out of it!! Thank you so very very much for the insight!!

    1. Oh yes! That is the perfect analogy… You mind if I steal it for a later post? 😉… Glad I could be of help and you’re definitely not alone!

  3. I loved reading this post! It made me feel like I do have super powers and they CAN be used for good! Sometimes I feel like Clark Kent having to be a hidden super human concealed in a “normal people” disguise lol. Thank you for writing this very well written, enjoyable post.

    1. Aww, Thank You so much for the kind words! You should come hang out with the rest of us Superwomen in the FB group! You don’t have to Clark Kent there 🥰.

  4. So good! It’s hard to look at these qualities as positives but you’re so right! I’ve definitely got these superpowers down and I need to put them to good use instead of trying to fight them. I like what you said about the blog posts. I’m going to try that. Writing on a few different posts at once so that I can at least get one out a week instead of working on my homepage (again) when my mind wanders.

  5. Wow. This was awesome and succinct! I have a little one who I believe has ADHD. This is so helpful to think of positive and negative parts of this child’s tendencies and how I can guide her as a parent, so that they really can be superpowers for her for the rest of her life! Thank you.

    1. Aww! This makes my heart full! I know she’s going to be amazing because her mama has her back! 🥰

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