One way to tame our ADHD symptoms is to understand our animal instincts behind them.
There's often a survival reason behind many of our reactions & symptoms.
Sensitive to distractions -> Identifying potential threats
Low impulse control -> First to help in a crisis
Hyperactivity -> Endless hunting energy
Even our tendency for boredom can be attributed to our innate role as adventurers, inventors, and innovators within our communities.
Even RSD has instinctual ties! Community is a large aspect of human survival. So of course we'd be terrified of being abandoned or rejected!
Thinking of ADHD in terms of primitive society:
Can focus on strategically tracking prey for hours
Enjoys weaving baskets while telling stories to the kids
Discovers mouth sounds that lure prey
Great nighttime guard
Sensitive senses to identify dangerous foods
Discovers new tools by fidgeting
Entertainers & care-givers for the tribe
This way of thinking can reduce a lot of the shame we often carry for feeling 'broken' or 'wrong' when it's really our body doing what it believes to be its job!
Now that you see ADHD strengths in terms of ancient societies, let’s apply it to modern day!
Drive to discover & reinvent
High tolerance for instability
Adaptable to different tasks/positions
Can apply logic in new ways