ADHD, Resilience, & Perseverance

Two positive attributes of having ADHD are resiliency and perseverance. ADHDers may notice these traits with themselves. Loved ones of ADHDers may also notice their ability to be resilient and perseverant. 

Although they may be different, resilience and perseverance have some connection, which is why I’m focusing on both in this post. 

What Do They Mean?

Many have heard of resilience and perseverance. Despite being words we’ve heard before, I would still like to start by talking about their definition.

So, I headed to the Merriam-Webster website. Resilience is defined as an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. Perseverance is defined as continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.

Resilience and perseverance are similar in the sense that it’s about not letting change or difficulties stop people. However, the difference is that resilience is more a trait and mindset, while perseverance is an action.

When It Comes to ADHD

Those with ADHD are often described as being resilient and having a lot of perseverance. ADHDers may see it within themselves. It is also noticed by people in the ADHDer’s life, whether it be a spouse, parent, teacher, or someone else close to them.

In today’s society, there’s still quite a bit of stigma and misconception around ADHD. Not to mention that we live in a world that isn’t really built for neurodivergence.

Despite these factors, children and adults tend to work twice as hard as their neurotypical peers. Largely due to the constraints, challenges and obstacles that we face.

However, those of us with ADHD do continue to navigate a world more suited for neurotypicals. ADHDers continue to show up, put in as much effort as they can into what they’re doing, despite the challenges, obstacles, stigma, or whatever else comes their way. 

At the end of the day, so many ADHDers are willing to do what it takes to succeed and achieve their goals. 

Building Resilience & Perseverance

There are things that we can do and keep in mind to continue to build and improve our resilience and perseverance. So, here are some suggestions.

#1. Self-awareness. Becoming self-awareness involves reflecting and being aware of your strengths, weaknesses, emotions, thoughts, and so much more. It helps you get a clearer picture of who you are as a person. 

#2. Optimism & growth mindset. Being optimistic and developing a growth mindset can help those with ADHD focus more on their strengths and being able to overcome challenges, rather than than their failures and mistakes. Being optimististrengths, as well their ability to change and overcome obstacles. Developing these ways of thinking can make quite a difference in our lives.

#3. Support Network. A supportive support network can help us overcome obstacles and challenges. Having supportive family and friends can help us in various different ways. Find people that bring positivity in your life. 

There are so many more ways that can help us with perseverance and resilience. Find whatever way that is beneficial to you.

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