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A small-scale study about the views and perceptions of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adulthood: Unearthing the positive aspects

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication4TH EUNETHYDIS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADHD ABSTRACT BOOK. BERLIN, GERMANY. 16th-19th OCTOBER 2016
Subtitle of host publicationADHD – from basic neuroscience to optimised clinical care
Pages196
Number of pages1
Accepted/In press16 Oct 2016
PublishedOct 2016

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Objective: To investigate positive aspects of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in adulthood. Method: Open-ended qualitative interviews were used to explore the views of six males diagnosed with ADHD as adults. The interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic content analysis. Results: Positive aspects of ADHD were found in this study and categorised under 6 core themes: cognitive dynamism, courage, energy, humanity, resilience and transcendence. These core themes were further defined by 19 sub-themes. Eighteen sub-themes were catalogued as positive psychological traits in the Character Strengths and Virtues (CSV) handbook. The remaining 1 sub-theme is characterised as a social construct often used to label people with ADHD as non-conformist. Conclusion: ADHD is a dimensional disorder. Thus, its impact in adult life may not always be maleficent. ADHD in adulthood can also have positive attributes that support high functioning, accomplishment and flourishing.

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