Entering adulthood with ADHD was not easy for me. Consider the inability to remember a simple thing or focus on a single topic for more than just a few seconds. With such a strong learning disability, I find it amazing that I was able to graduate computer science at one of the top universities in the country. How come — you ask. Well it seems there is more to ADHD than meets the eye.
Throughout the years, as I learned to understand myself a little bit better, I started considering ADHD as both a curse and a blessing in disguise. The two sides of the same coin.
Let’s start with the basics. One common myth about attention deficit is that it makes it hard to focus on anything a bit more complex. But this is not my experience. It only makes it hard to focus on boring subjects, or things explained in a boring way. On the other hand, it makes it easy to focus, for a significant amount of time, on interesting topics. Sometimes, to the point of developing an obsession, around a chosen subject.
Hence, it was relatively easy for me to learn programming, which I found fascinating. It was medium-hard to learn maths, which was somewhat interesting. And it was very hard for me to learn history or biology, which I believe can be fascinating, but the way they were taught to us at school was just boring.