Reframing ADHD as a Superpower


Image via Vice’s “ADHD Isn’t My Disorder, It’s More Like My Superpower’

Wouldn’t the world be a wonderful and welcoming place if all others could lose the “deficit/disorder” language associated with ADHD, replace with the word “difference,” and could then truly see ADHD in the same manner, as Ryan Bassil summarizes Carner’s ADHD and states on Twitter:

“Every super-hero has different super powers,” he says. “People with ADHD have a superpower.” By treating it in this way, the condition can be seen as a positive: as a way to get things done, or to delve into creativity. For Carner, it’s helped him to become an artist, and to grow as an individual. “There’s nothing to fix now,” he says, “I am who I am.”

The Disturbing Relationship Between Addiction and ADHD

The Disturbing Relationship Between Addiction and ADHD

Click on link above and read on for this informative article regarding adults with ADHD.

by Leah Sottile

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 6.4 million children ages four to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD in the United States—but then those kids grow up, and doctors are realizing that ADHD does not go away with age. Some 4.4 percent of adults in America struggle with ADHD, which, in 2000, was estimated to cost $31.6 billion in healthcare costs and lost work hours.

Hear Us Speak – ADHD Mother and Millennial Son – Thurs, Sept. 3, 2015 7-9 p.m.

Barb & Justin Mather

Barb & Justin Mather

DATE:  Thursday, SEPTEMBER 3, 2015, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.


TOPIC:  A Mother and Son Journey with ADHD: How We Embrace It and the Tools That Work for Us
Barbara A. Mather, Ph.D. and Justin Mather

OVERVIEW:  Barbara and Justin share their real life experiences living with ADHD. Their presentation begins with Justin’s diagnosis at age 6, which led to Barb’s ADHD diagnosis in her early 40′s. Their journey with ADHD was difficult at times, but they overcame and learned to recognize and celebrate their strengths and talents. Topics will include: How parenting can help and hinder the young child growing up with ADHD; How modern tools and methodologies like the Getting Things Done (GTD) system, can help organize and track tasks to improve the lives of someone living with ADHD; How technology (tools/software/apps) can help with organization, self-awareness and self-discipline; How developing coping skills, discipline and self-advocacy are important to achieve personal growth and success.

“Significant Contributor in the Study of ADHD” – Psychology Progress

I am pleased to announce that the Psychology Progress team identified my recent publication, “The social construction and reframing of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” as a significant contributor in the study of ADHD. It is of special interest to the progress in this Psychology field. My publication has been added to the Psychology Progress series and has been viewed 55 times in the past month and over 130 times since being published.

Psychology Progress alerts the scientific community to breaking journal articles considered to represent the best in Psychology research. For a current edition, click here. Psychology Progress is viewed almost 40,000 times each month and has an audience of academic and clinical personnel from a growing number of the top 20 major academic institutions.

Delayed Gratification

Marshmallow Girl

The original marshmallow experiment sought to understand how children develop the ability to delay gratification. To do so, the researchers brought children into a room one by one and tempted them with a five year old’s equivalent of Odysseus’s sirens: a marshmallow. The researcher told the children that they could have the marshmallow now. But if they waited 15 minutes without eating the marshmallow until the adult returned, they would earn a second.

The Social Construction and Reframing of ADHD

Please find my recently published article “The Social Construction and Reframing of ADHD”:

With the Compliments of Springer Publishing Company, LLC

Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry
An International Journal of Critical Inquiry

Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, Volume 14, Number 1, 2012

The Social Construction and Reframing of Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder
Barbara A. Mather, PhD, MBA, MA, CMC
Mather Consulting Group, Inc.