I had the privilege of spending a day with Special Ops personnel and their families recently and was struck by this senior military pastor’s comment about how useful some ADHD characteristics are for what their unit does. “We look for people who are quick on their feet, who excel under pressure and in high-adrenaline situations, and who can take in a whole lot of information around them all at once. So we do end up having quite a few soldiers with ADHD.”
These families have special stressors most of the rest of us don’t experience – long deployments that leave only one parent at home and 100% in charge, readjustment upon a soldier’s return, the mental health issues such as PTSD that may come with repeated deployments and combat experience, and the transitions between the ‘band of brothers/sisters’ experiences when in the field vs. the family and spouse. ADHD (which is often undiagnosed) makes things even harder.
I am grateful for the service these men and women provide our country, as well as for the ADHD that helps them serve so well and hope that I will have more opportunities to try to help them navigate the ins and outs of ADHD.
Thank you to any of you reading this who are in, or have been in, the military.
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