Reframing ADHD

A diagnosis of ADHD can be a shocker!

Reframing ADHD will help you get past the shock. You have a choice. You can either focus on your child’s diagnosis as a bad thing, or you can learn to look at it as a good thing. Reframing ADHD , the ability to change your beliefs about the disorder, is a powerful tool.

On days that you feel like pulling out your hair (and there will be many), remind yourself of all of the good things associated with ADD/ADHD. Remind yourself to reframe ADHD.

Children AND ADULTS with ADD and ADHD are often amazing and remarkable people. They have many possibilities for personal growth and achievement. They have tremendous potential!

After much reading and researching, I have compiled a list of the positive side of this diagnosis. The more frustrated I get, the more I need to refer to the list.

Sometimes, it may help you to pick one phrase and just repeat it over and over! My favorite phrase is, “Even Einstein got lost walking home from work.”

Kids with ADHD are…

…often able to see the big picture (might miss the details, but see the potential)

…curious and creative

…able to think outside of the box

…blessed with the ability to hyper focus

…energetic, enthusiastic and exuberant

…risk takers in a good way (willing to try something new)

…down to earth

… empathetic

…sensitive and feel things deeply

…humorous and quick witted


…genuine (what you see is what you get)

Post this list where you can see it. Decide which ones pertain to your child and repeat them every time you feel frustrated. Believe it or not, it works!