Monday, July 8, 2013
Hyper-focus: Gift or Curse?
Hello, my name is Michael, and I just discovered this morning that I have ADHD. I always thought I knew what attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is all about. Don't we all have a friend or two who is always late or who appears disorganized? When I write, I find myself losing all sense of the world around me. Time stops. This intense form of mental concentration or visualization that focuses the consciousness on a narrow subject has a label. It's called hyperfocus. It's a form of ADHD. The experts call it a disorder. For me, I consider it the necessary part of my DNA my Creator endowed me with to complete my purpose in life. My hyperfocus is a gift. Like any gift, if it's misused, it can be a curse.
My discovery this morning was an accident. Someone close to me shared he was diagnosed with adult ADHD. When I read about it to gain a better understanding, I came across a paragraph describing the symptoms of hyperfocus -- they fit me like a glove. The more I understand myself, the better I can use my gifts. If you, or anyone you know is dealing with ADHD, please be on the lookout for more stories about this topic. I'm no expert, however, I plan to share more about my personal experiences in future blog stories. Please answer today's question in the comments section below: What is your opinion about hyper-focus -- is it a gift or curse?