By now most of us know about ADHD. We either have the diagnosis our self or know someone who does: our child, our husband or wife, our coworker, friend, boss, neighbor. We take medication, we go to therapy, feel shame and believe ourselves to be irrevocably incompetent. Some of us have anxiety disorder and depression. For these reasons and more, it is popular to think of ADHD as a curse. But is it really?

I have found it to be just the opposite. With the advantage of 40 years of research and hands on work with people who have this brain type from preschool to old age, I believe I have come up with a more accurate description of and explanation for ADHD that will forever correct this misunderstanding and free people from a false and damaging label. For in spite of difficulty with staying focused, keeping organized, and managing behavior, people labeled with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are the true innovators among us.

ADHD is the Innovator Brain type.

And we need innovators!

Many and even most of the important advancements in science, medicine, the arts and technology came about through the accomplishments of people with ADHD. Whether we are talking about Einstein, Edison, Mozart, the Wright Brothers, Kennedy, Jobs or Gates, and hundreds of famous and not so famous others, more likely than not an innovator brain was responsible for the advancement.

I think we would all agree that our word today is in great need of innovative solutions to national and global problems. Yet, if we don’t stop pathologizing an entire segment of the population, we run the risk of killing off potential cures to diseases like cancers and multiple sclerosis. We could miss out on discovering innovative diplomatic solutions to terrorism and wars of aggression. Or we could stop leading the world in technology and lose our quest to secure cyberspace.

The challenges of having an innovator brain are not inconsiderable. To live successfully in society, one needs to be reliable in the work place and at home. That means show up on time, do the work you were asked to do, hand it in on time, and communicate effectively. While at their best creatively finding solutions to problems big and small, people with an innovator brain can also be procrastinators, bad communicators, time wasters, poor listeners, and at times lost in their own world. However, we now know that these issues can be vastly improved through the coordinated efforts of a Professional ADHD (Innovator Brain) Coach.

Knowing that there is something beyond diagnosis, medication and therapy has been the largest breakthrough in treating ADHD in decades. Professional Coaches help teens and adults learn to manage their behavior in all kinds of situations whether at school, at home or in the workplace. Staying focused and on task, planning and preparing, scheduling and keeping deadlines, are all necessary skills for a successful personal and work life and are accomplished through professional coaching. There is no longer a need to suffer and struggle alone. Every day around the globe, professional coaches are transforming the lives of innovator brain types (ADHD) from all walks of life, young and old, from suffering and struggling to empowered and confident. You can be one of those people.