ADHD – whether you are an individual with it yourself or you are familiar with it as a parent – is a journey in itself. And it’s not a quick one. Our human nature often cries out for quick fixes and shortcuts, but the reality is that there is no “quick fix” for ADHD. There is no cure.
Progress means making peace with the reality that change is inevitable – but it, like true personal growth, takes time. It’s a bit akin to what it’s like to struggle with grief; time can’t entirely heal the wound, but time will most certainly make things better for most of us.
This need for patience can be especially challenging at times for those of us with FastBraiin. We can have a challenging time waiting patiently, but it’s often a necessity.
The fact is that the history of ADHD is one of change. Over the years, we have slowly but pointedly moved toward a more progressive and humane attitude in terms of how we diagnose and treat ADHD individuals. One of the most positive shifts in my lifetime has been the decided transition from a widely held viewpoint that ADHD pointed to some type of moral failing; today, there is an increasing body of research underscoring the reality that genetics and factors far out of our control play significant roles in influencing ADHD.
Just as our understanding and care for ADHD individuals has changed over the years, I remain firmly convinced that further needed change is coming. This recognition led me to develop a far better word to describe so many of the talented individuals I have come into contact with: FastBraiin. This terminology fosters a perception that far more accurately captures the ethos of the talents of those who the system has been failing for far too long.
More than a term or word alone, we must continue advocating for a significant shift in how we talk about and approach ADHD. The time for change has long since arrived. Our kids’ single greatest determinant of their success is their own conception of their individual value and ability. And that means that our message must change; far too many ADHD kids go through life barraged with negativity and pessimism. They are left with the conception that they have little intrinsic value to offer and they can’t perform at the same levels as their peers.
I believe there is a more compelling and more accurate story to be told about what they bring to the table. That’s why the FastBraiin approach is rooted in assessing and developing strengths, not diagnosing disease and deficiencies.
The time has come for change. What change would you want to see in our system of working with ADHD individuals? And what change are you willing to work for in your own individual capacity?
However you choose to contribute to a more constructive environment for people with FastBraiin, stay patient and committed to driving that change. Best of luck!