About ADHD

You probably already know that ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and you've probably heard all about the challenges related to ADHD. What you may not know is that ADHD is also associated with certain strengths that you can leverage for success. Some of the common strengths associated with ADHD are creativity, problem-solving, risk-taking, and an ability to hyperfocus​.

Screening Tools and Self-Assessment

Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale Symptom Checklist:​ADHD - The Symptom Checklist is a self-reporting scale system consisting of the eighteen DSM-IV-TR criteria.

Wender Utah Rating Scale for the ADHD - Checklist to identify ADHD characteristics by using childhood as the main perspective to answer questions with.

ADHD Test (Self-Assessment) - Quick self-reflection test to see if you have symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by comparing your experiences to those with ADD/ADHD.

Mental Health Screenings (Variety) - - Offers a wide variety of clinically validated screening questionnaires to identify mental health issues.

Organizations and Resources

Understood​ - An organization dedicated to helping people who think and learn differently discover their potential.

CHADD Adults Diagnosis Information - Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) extensive information on diagnosing ADHD for adults.

​CHADD Adult Support Online Community - CHADD's Adult ADHD Support Group on HealthUnlocked.

CHADD Online Learning Options for ADHD  Training and Support for Adults - Free online modules for learning more about ADHD and how to live with it as an adult.

​The Adult ADHD Starter Kit - Provided by Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), those who sign up will receive various online materials to enhance the lives of adults dealing with ADHD.

ADHD Awareness Website - This website debunks ADHD myths using research-based articles.

Resources for Adults With Learning Disabilities & ADHD - This website offers a list of various resources and contact information to support individuals with learning disabilities and ADHD.


From Scientific Literature

Below, you will find some summaries of literature articles we have hand-selected for you. These articles tend to focus more on strengths rather than weaknesses, which aligns with the main focus of our work: highlighting the strengths that neurodiverse individuals possess while also acknowledging the significant challenges they face at times.

Major Observations from a Specialized REU Program for Engineering Students with ADHD

A. E. Zaghi, M. Tehranipoor, and C. N. O’Brien, “Major Observations from a Specialized REU Program for Engineering Students with ADHD,” presented at the 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA: American Society of Engineering Education, Jun. 2016. Accessed: Dec. 19, 2023. [Online]. Available:

Most of the available research on ADHD has traditionally focused on struggles, but fortunately, this trend is changing. We now have access to more research, including case studies, that allows us to explore the strengths of individuals with ADHD.  Many of these studies suggest that students with ADHD have the potential to be more creative than their neurotypical peers. This is attributed to their spontaneity and divergent thinking, which makes them more prone to take risks. These strengths, combined with the ability to think outside the box, enables them to think of unexpected solutions to complex problems. It is suggested that many historically significant figures who made remarkable and creative contributions to society may have had ADHD. Given that much advancement of society depends on the efforts and discoveries of engineers and researchers, increasing the representation of individuals with these exceptional capabilities in these fields would be highly beneficial.

However, a challenge exists. People with ADHD often struggle in traditional educational environments, resulting in a substantial difference in graduation rate - 9.1% for individuals with ADHD compared to 60.6% for others. Students with ADHD represent a small percentage of all engineering students, and this is not correlated with their IQ. Studies have demonstrated that when students with ADHD have been exposed to hands-on research lab activities, they are often considerably more engaged and make significant contributions. It is crucial that we recognize that the strengths of students with ADHD are often overlooked, particularly in engineering. Nevertheless, individuals with ADHD can help societal progress by leveraging their creativity and spontaneity.  It's not a coincidence that the definitions of creativity and ADHD share similarities.


Unique Potential and Challenges of Students with ADHD in Engineering Programs

A. E. Zaghi, S. M. Reis, J. S. Renzulli, and J. C. Kaufman, “Unique Potential and Challenges of Students with ADHD in Engineering Programs,” presented at the 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Jun. 2016. Accessed: Oct. 13, 2022. [Online]. Available:

In this study, the investigators aim to comprehend the creative potential and challenges faced by engineering students with ADHD.  They designed a survey to learn more about the learning style, creativity of the programs, and the struggles of the participants. The relevant literature suggests that individuals with ADHD have the potential to be more creative than their peers and have other characteristics including, sensation and stimulation seeking, greater use of imagery, and risk-taking behaviors. This research not only supports the idea that those with ADHD perform better in certain areas that involve creativity, but also examines the real-world creative achievements of adults. The research uncovered that individuals exhibiting a higher degree of behaviors associated with ADHD are more inclined toward entrepreneurial intentions. Risk-taking is, of course, a significant contributor for this to happen. It appears that there is an inverse relationship between working memory and creativity, possibly attributed to cognitive strengths inherent in individuals with ADHD.  While certain studies have suggested that there is not a significant difference in creativity between individuals with ADHD and those without, the current body of research remains insufficient, highlighting the need for further investigation.