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ADHD: The Hidden Superpower

Approximately one out of every 10 children who are born now is diagnosed with ADHD. ADHD is becoming more common among young adults. Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) are impulsiveness, an inability to relax, difficulty listening, problems with organization, an inability to finish or remain focused on tasks, difficulty controlling emotions, and isolation.  Most people believe that having ADHD is a disadvantage within school systems due to the fact that those with the condition need accommodations and an extra push to get going, which creates a stigma for students with ADHD. But there are also positive symptoms of ADHD, for instance, having a fixated mind, an abundant amount of energy, creativity, really good conversational skills, and spontaneity. These beneficial symptoms of ADHD can be used as an advantage. This project draws upon research and personal experience to review what ADHD is, the types of ADHD, the benefits and side effects of medicine for those with the condition, differences between the brain structures of those with and without the condition, and misperceptions of those with ADHD.  ADHD is now one of the most common neurodivergent and neurodevelopmental disorders. This poster is to teach the audience that ADHD can be seen as a double-edged sword. The symptoms of ADHD that can create challenges for students are also the symptoms that make it a superpower.

Chase Jacob '26 
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